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[wik-ee] /ˈwɪk i/
noun, plural wikis.
(sometimes initial capital letter) a website that allows anyone to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser.
Also called wiki engine, wiki application. the software used to create a wiki.
of, relating to, or being a wiki:
wiki servers.
Origin of wiki
From the Hawaiian word wiki to hurry; quick, fast Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • There's no way they organized this without email and wikis and mailing lists.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for wikis


  1. a web application that allows anyone visiting a website to edit content on it
  2. (as modifier): wiki technology
Word Origin
C20: from Hawaiian wiki-wiki quick, coined by Ward Cunningham (born 1949), US computer programmer who invented the concept
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Contemporary definitions for wikis

a collaborative Web site set up to allow user editing and adding of content

Word Origin

1995; < Hawaiian wiki wiki quick

Usage Note

sometimes cap.'s 21st Century Lexicon
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Word Origin and History for wikis



web page that can be edited by browsers, by 2002, abstracted from names of such sites (e.g. Wikipedia, launched January 2001), the original being WikiWikiWeb, introduced and named by Ward Cunningham in 1995, from Hawaiian wikiwiki "fast, swift."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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