pike

2
[ pahyk ]
/ paɪk /
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noun

a shafted weapon having a pointed head, formerly used by infantry.

verb (used with object), piked, pik·ing.

to pierce, wound, or kill with or as with a pike.

Origin of pike

2
1505–15; < Middle French pique, feminine variant of pic pick2 < Germanic. See pike5, pique1

Definition for piking (2 of 2)

pike

6
[ pahyk ]
/ paɪk /

verb (used without object), piked, pik·ing. Older Slang.

to go, leave, or move along quickly.

Origin of pike

6
1425–75; late Middle English pyke (reflexive); perhaps orig. to equip oneself with a walking stick. See pike5
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Examples from the Web for piking

  • Would like to see him begging his bread, would you, or piking in the bucket-shops for five-dollar bills!

    Old Gorgon Graham|George Horace Lorimer
  • "All you got to do is keep your eyes peeled, and you'll see us piking in here right on the dot," laughed Tom.

  • The minority were nothing but a lot of piking gamblers, anyway, who bought or sold for a rise or fall of a few cents.

    Tutt and Mr. Tutt|Arthur Train

British Dictionary definitions for piking (1 of 6)

piking

/ (ˈpaɪkɪŋ) /

noun

the sport of fishing for pike
British slang the practice of deriving sexual pleasure from watching strangers have sex in parked cars and other secluded but public places

British Dictionary definitions for piking (2 of 6)

pike

1
/ (paɪk) /

noun plural pike or pikes

any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
any of various similar fishes

Word Origin for pike

C14: short for pikefish, from Old English pīc point, with reference to the shape of its jaw

British Dictionary definitions for piking (3 of 6)

pike

2
/ (paɪk) /

noun

a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
a point or spike

verb

(tr) to stab or pierce using a pike

Word Origin for pike

Old English pīc point, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for piking (4 of 6)

pike

3
/ (paɪk) /

noun

British Dictionary definitions for piking (5 of 6)

pike

4
/ (paɪk) /

noun

Northern English dialect a pointed or conical hill

Word Origin for pike

Old English pīc, of obscure origin

British Dictionary definitions for piking (6 of 6)

pike

5

piked (paɪkt)

/ (paɪk) /

adjective

(of the body position of a diver) bent at the hips but with the legs straight

Word Origin for pike

C20: of obscure origin
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