adjective, (Poetic) lik·er, lik·est.
- as it were; in a way; somehow: I did it like wrong.
- to a degree; more or less: standing against the wall, looking very tough like.
Origin of like1
The strong strictures against the use of like as a conjunction have resulted in the occasional hypercorrect use of as as a preposition where like is idiomatic: She looks as a sympathetic person.
Like meaning “as if” is also standard in informal speech and writing with a small number of adjectives: The crew worked like crazy (or like mad ) to finish the job on time. See also as.
Definition for likes (2 of 2)
verb (used with object), liked, lik·ing.
verb (used without object), liked, lik·ing.
- an instance of indicating one’s liking of specific website content: I see my comment got lots of likes.
- a feature or option, usually a button, that enables this: I installed a Like on my blog so you can subscribe to updates.
Origin of like2
Examples from the Web for likes
This is a blow against freedom of speech, we were told, by the likes of Homeland Security chief Jeh Johnson.Politicians Only Love Journalists When They're Dead|Luke O’Neil|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Here they are semi-touching at a grocery store; she likes kombucha.All Your Internet Boyfriends Are Taken: Gosling, Cumberbatch, and now Joseph Gordon-Levitt|Melissa Leon|January 3, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Among African Americans, the likes of Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, or Jeremiah Wright cannot do it.
When it comes to mating, the banded mongoose (Mungos mungo) likes to keep things in the family.Mongooses, Meerkats, and Ants, Oh My! Why Some Animals Keep Mating All in the Family|Helen Thompson|December 29, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Obviously, Dominic West can carry on swimming as much as he likes.What On Earth Is ‘The Affair’ About? Season One’s Baffling Finale|Tim Teeman|December 22, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He was a man of good judgment, strong in his likes and dislikes, and bitter in his resentments.
None of the men like him—except Freddy Lancaster, of course; he likes everybody, on principle; he doesn't count.The Landlord at Lion's Head, Complete|William Dean Howells
Catherine likes everybody—of a certain sort—and everybody likes Catherine.'Robert Elsmere|Mrs. Humphry Ward
She likes you because you don't care, and everybody else does.Mistress Anne|Temple Bailey
Because he likes better to do his duty, and be praised for it, than to eat the rabbit, dearly as he longs to eat it.Madam How and Lady Why|Charles Kingsley
British Dictionary definitions for likes (1 of 2)
Word Origin for like
British Dictionary definitions for likes (2 of 2)
Word Origin for like
Word Origin and History for likes (1 of 4)
"predilections, preferences," 1851, plural of like (n.); earlier used in singular in this sense (early 15c.).
Word Origin and History for likes (1 of 4)
c.1200, "a similar thing" (to another), from like (adj.).
Word Origin and History for likes (2 of 4)
"having the same characteristics or qualities" (as another), Middle English shortening of Old English gelic "like, similar," from Proto-Germanic *galika- "having the same form," literally "with a corresponding body" (cf. Old Saxon gilik, Dutch gelijk, German gleich, Gothic galeiks "equally, like"), a compound of *ga- "with, together" + Germanic base *lik- "body, form; like, same" (cf. Old English lic "body," German Leiche "corpse," Danish lig, Swedish lik, Dutch lijk "body, corpse"). Analogous, etymologically, to Latin conform. The modern form (rather than *lich) may be from a northern descendant of the Old English word's Norse cognate, glikr.
Formerly with comparative liker and superlative likest (still in use 17c.). The preposition (c.1200) and the adverb (c.1300) both are from the adjective. As a conjunction, first attested early 16c. The word has been used as a postponed filler ("going really fast, like") from 1778; as a presumed emphatic ("going, like, really fast") from 1950, originally in counterculture slang and bop talk. Phrase more like it "closer to what is desired" is from 1888.
Word Origin and History for likes (3 of 4)
Old English lician "to please, be sufficient," from Proto-Germanic *likjan (cf. Old Norse lika, Old Frisian likia, Old High German lihhen, Gothic leikan "to please"), from *lik- "body, form; like, same."
The basic meaning seems to be "to be like" (see like (adj.)), thus, "to be suitable." Like (and dislike) originally flowed the other way: It likes me, where we would say I like it. The modern flow began to appear late 14c. (cf. please).
Idioms and Phrases with likes
In addition to the idioms beginning with like
- like a bat out of hell
- like a bump on a log
- like a cat on hot bricks
- like a champ
- like a chicken with its head cut off
- like a drowned rat
- like a fish out of water
- like a house afire
- like a lamb to the slaughter
- like anything
- like a shot
- like as not
- like as two peas in a pod
- like a ton of bricks
- like clockwork
- like crazy
- like death warmed over
- like father, like son
- like fun
- like gangbusters
- like greased lightning
- like hell
- like hot cakes, go
- like it or lump it
- likely as not
- like mad
- like nobody's business
- like nothing on earth
- like pigs in clover
- like pulling teeth
- like rolling off a log
- like shooting fish in a barrel
- likes of, the
- like something the cat dragged in
- like that
- like to
- like water off a duck's back
- and the like
- avoid like the plague
- come up (smelling like) roses
- crazy like a fox
- drink like a fish
- drop like flies
- Dutch uncle, talk to like a
- eat like a bird
- feel like
- (like a) fish out of water
- fit like a glove
- fly on the wall, would like to be a
- get on (like a house afire)
- go out (like a light)
- go over (like a lead balloon)
- grin like a Cheshire cat
- (drop like a) hot potato
- just like that
- know like a book
- live like a king
- look like a million dollars
- look like death
- look like something the cat dragged in
- look like the cat that ate the canary
- make out like a bandit
- manna from heaven, like
- mind like a steel trap
- need like a hole in the head
- no fool like an old fool
- not anything like
- no time like the present
- out like a light
- packed in like sardines
- sleep like a log
- something like
- spread like wildfire
- stick out (like a sore thumb)
- swear like a trooper
- take to (like a duck to water)
- tell it like it is
- treat like dirt
- turn up like a bad penny
- wail like a banshee
- watch like a hawk
- work like a beaver
- work like a charm