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bike

1
[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 bike

1
1880–85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle

bike

2
[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 bike

2
1250–1300; Middle English, equivalent to *bi bee (< Old Norse bȳ bee1) + *yeke, Old English gēoc help, safety
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Related Words for bike

pedal, cycle

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Historical Examples of bike

  • 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

bike

1
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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bike

2

byke

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

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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