- to ride a bike: I bike to work.
- get off one's bike, Australian Informal. to lose control of oneself or become angry.
Origin of bike1
1880–85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle
- a colony, nest, or swarm of wild bees, wasps, or hornets.
- a teeming crowd; swarm of people.
Origin of bike2
1250–1300; Middle English, equivalent to *bi bee (< Old Norse bȳ bee1) + *yeke, Old English gēoc help, safety
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Examples from the Web for bike
I know that one day in the near (ish) future, we will return to our usual hikes and bike rides.
My bike ride that mid-October day starts like so many others.
I was really nervous when we started shooting, but once we started, it was just like riding a bike.Adrian Grenier Talks the Economy, the ‘Entourage’ Movie, and the HBO Series’ Alleged ‘Misogyny’
October 28, 2014
Going hands-free is just one of the perks of a place where the only form of transportation is by carriage, bike, or tractor.The Crazy Medieval Island of Sark
October 4, 2014
Jealous of her young male friend who was permitted to ride his bike around shirtless, she once ripped off her top, too.Speed Read: Lena Dunham’s Most Shocking Confessions From ‘Not That Kind of Girl’
September 26, 2014
If you don't, I'll—I'll go on the bike—feminine equivalent to the drink.The Christian
Besides, you would be as much as I could carry with my bike, you know.Chatterbox, 1905.
But what about a Lilia Godiva, quite naked on her bike, like the other on her horse?
And poor Glass-Eye attended to the bike, at the risk of putting out her other eye.
To-morrow,” she said to Glass-Eye, “to-morrow I will fetch my bike.
- slang a promiscuous womanthe town bike
- a wasps' or bees' nest
- to swarm
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bike
1882, American English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper