- a short pike formerly used by sailors boarding enemy vessels.
Origin of half-pike
First recorded in 1590–1600
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Examples from the Web for half-pike
One, a squat figure, stooping low, wielded a sword with two hands; the other covered him with a half-pike.Count Hannibal
Stanley J. Weyman
Claude bent over one, found what he wanted—a half-pike—and glided to the door of the stairs that led to the roof.The Long Night
The first (A49—plate 24) is a harness for jousting on foot, with the two-handed sword, mace, or half-pike.Spanish Arms and Armour
Albert F. Calvert
It seems originally to have been rather a short weapon, a kind of half-pike or dart.
He began with the end of a half-pike to mark out a rough plan on the dry sand.With Drake on the Spanish Main