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mike

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[ mahyk ]
/ maɪk /
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noun
Also mic. Informal. microphone.
verb (used with object), miked, mik·ing.
Informal. to supply or amplify with one or more microphones; attach a microphone to: to mike a singer.
verb (used without object), miked, mik·ing.
Informal. to use or position a microphone: to mike properly when recording a singer.
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Idioms about mike

    drop the mike, Informal. mic (def. 2).

Origin of mike

1
First recorded in 1925–30; by shortening and respelling

Other definitions for mike (2 of 5)

mike2
[ mahyk ]
/ maɪk /

noun
a forklike support for a light cannon on a sailing ship.

Origin of mike

2
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English; perhaps from Middle Dutch micke “forked support”; further origin uncertain

Other definitions for mike (3 of 5)

mike3
[ mahyk ]
/ maɪk /
British Slang.

noun
loafing; idling.
verb (used without object), miked, mik·ing.
to loaf.

Origin of mike

3
First recorded in 1815–25; origin uncertain

Other definitions for mike (4 of 5)

mike4
[ mahyk ]
/ maɪk /

noun
verb (used with object), miked, mik·ing.
to measure with a micrometer.

Origin of mike

4
First recorded in 1920–25; by shortening and respelling of micrometer1

Other definitions for mike (5 of 5)

Mike
[ mahyk ]
/ maɪk /

noun
a male given name, form of Michael.
(lowercase) a word used in communications to represent the letter M.
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British Dictionary definitions for mike (1 of 2)

mike
/ (maɪk) /

noun
informal short for microphone See also mike up

British Dictionary definitions for mike (2 of 2)

Mike
/ (maɪk) /

noun
communications a code word for the letter m
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