Origin of pike1
- a shafted weapon having a pointed head, formerly used by infantry.
- to pierce, wound, or kill with or as with a pike.
Origin of pike2
- come down the pike, Informal. to appear or come forth: the greatest idea that ever came down the pike.
Origin of pike3
- a hill or mountain with a pointed summit.
Origin of pike4
- a sharply pointed projection or spike.
- the pointed end of anything, as of an arrow or a spear.
Origin of pike5
- to go, leave, or move along quickly.
Origin of pike6
Origin of pike7
- James Albert,1913–69, U.S. Protestant Episcopal clergyman, lawyer, and author.
- Zeb·u·lon Montgomery [zeb-yoo-luh n] /ˈzɛb yʊ lən/, 1779–1813, U.S. general and explorer.
Examples from the Web for pike
With lights flashing, the cruiser arrived at the Blooming Grove State Police barracks in Pike County.Killer Eric Frein Held in Murdered Cop’s Cuffs
October 31, 2014
Check out the popular bakery Piroshky Piroshky in Pike Place Market for some Eastern European stuffed delights.Where to Celebrate the Olympics by Drinking Russian Style
February 6, 2014
Many probably believed he would emerge from the side carrying a pike with the head of a banker.Wall Street CEOs Say It’s The Best of Times and The Worst of Times
November 12, 2013
Pike was engaged to her Pride & Prejudice director Joe Wright—but the wedding was called off in 2008.Rosamund Pike Reportedly Cast As The Lead In David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’
July 25, 2013
And of course we have health care coming down the pike, and all its subsidies to families up to 188 percent of the poverty line.GOP Attracting Minorities?
January 24, 2013
Then he crept out of the room, got on the mare, and rode up the pike.The Underdog
F. Hopkinson Smith
And saying this he stabbed him with his pike in the face, and the blood spurted forth.The Black Tulip
Alexandre Dumas (Pere)
But far eastward on the pike there slowly developed a soft, white haze.The Gentleman From Indiana
Quite and clane the contrary—when the shillelah's up, the pike's down.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
They will be on my side, and I will keep in the middle of the 'pike.Southern Lights and Shadows
- any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
- any of various similar fishes
- a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
- a point or spike
- (tr) to stab or pierce using a pike
- short for turnpike (def. 1)
- Northern English dialect a pointed or conical hill
- (of the body position of a diver) bent at the hips but with the legs straight
Word Origin and History for pike
"highway," 1812 shortening of turnpike.
"weapon with a long shaft and a pointed metal head," 1510s, from Middle French pique "a spear; pikeman," from piquer "to pick, puncture, pierce," from Old French pic "sharp point or spike," a general continental term (cf. Spanish pica, Italian picca, Provençal piqua), perhaps ultimately from a Germanic [Barnhart] or Celtic source (see pike (n.4)). Alternative explanation traces the Old French word (via Vulgar Latin *piccare "to prick, pierce") to Latin picus "woodpecker." "Formerly the chief weapon of a large part of the infantry; in the 18th c. superseded by the bayonet" [OED]; hence old expressions such as pass through pikes "come through difficulties, run the gauntlet;" push of pikes "close-quarters combat." German Pike, Dutch piek, Danish pik, etc. are from French pique.
"voracious freshwater fish," early 14c., probably short for pike-fish, a special use of pike (n.2) in reference to the fish's long, pointed jaw, and in part from French brochet "pike" (fish), from broche "a roasting spit."
"pick used in digging," Middle English pik, pyk, collateral (long-vowel) form of pic (source of pick (n.1)), from Old English piic "pointed object, pickaxe," perhaps from a Celtic source (cf. Gaelic pic "pickaxe," Irish pice "pike, pitchfork"). Extended early 13c. to "pointed tip" of anything. Pike, pick, and pitch formerly were used indifferently in English. Pike position in diving, gymnastics, etc., attested from 1928, perhaps on the notion of "tapering to a point."