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bike1

[bahyk]
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noun
  1. Informal.
    1. a bicycle.
    2. a motorbike.
    3. a motorcycle.
  2. Harness Racing. a sulky with tires like those of a bicycle.
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verb (used without object), biked, bik·ing.
  1. to ride a bike: I bike to work.
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Idioms
  1. get off one's bike, Australian Informal. to lose control of oneself or become angry.
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Origin of bike1

1880–85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle

bike2

[bahyk]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a colony, nest, or swarm of wild bees, wasps, or hornets.
  2. a teeming crowd; swarm of people.
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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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  • If you don't, I'll—I'll go on the bike—feminine equivalent to the drink.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • Besides, you would be as much as I could carry with my bike, you know.

  • But what about a Lilia Godiva, quite naked on her bike, like the other on her horse?

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • And poor Glass-Eye attended to the bike, at the risk of putting out her other eye.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne

  • To-morrow,” she said to Glass-Eye, “to-morrow I will fetch my bike.

    The Bill-Toppers

    Andre Castaigne


British Dictionary definitions for bike

bike1

noun, verb
  1. informal short for bicycle, motorcycle
  2. on your bike British slang away you go
  3. get off one's bike Australian and NZ slang to lose one's self-control
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noun
  1. slang a promiscuous womanthe town bike
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bike2

byke

Scot
noun
  1. a wasps' or bees' nest
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verb (intr)
  1. to swarm
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Word Origin

C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bike

n.

1882, American English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.

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