verb (used with object), spiked, spik·ing.
- to add alcoholic liquor to (a drink).
- to add (a chemical, poison, or other substance) to: The cocoa was spiked with cyanide.
verb (used without object), spiked, spik·ing.
Origin of spike1
Origin of spike2
Related Words for spikelance, prick, spit, spear, transfix, nail, stick, pin, fasten, impale, skewer
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Contemporary Examples of spike
In a famous rant, Spike Lee blamed hipsters for the gentrication of his old neighborhood in Brooklyn.Why Do We Hate Hipsters So F'ing Much?
July 13, 2014
On Friday evening, a crowd of Hollywood luminaries gathered to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Spike Lee classic.
“So Spike, thank you for helping me impress Michelle, and thank you for telling a powerful story,” added President Obama.
Both shows are still on the air (although Cops has since been sold to the Spike Network).‘Silicon Valley’ and the Return of Stoner Television
April 10, 2014
Spike Lee and The New York Times' A.O. Scott disagree on this.Spike Lee Blasts The New York Times’ Story on Brooklyn Gentrification in Fiery Op-Ed
March 31, 2014
Historical Examples of spike
"I have been a very wicked man, I fear," said Spike, earnestly.
In the midst of one of these revolting paroxysms Spike breathed his last.
Spike had a conscience that had become hard as iron by means of trade.
Why did Capt. Spike abandon you, Jack; you have never told me that.
But Spike neglected no precaution that experience or skill could suggest.
- a transient variation in voltage or current in an electric circuit
- a graphical recording of this, such as one of the peaks on an electroencephalogram
verb (mainly tr)
Word Origin for spike
Word Origin for spike
"large nail," mid-14c., perhaps from Old Norse spik "splinter" (related to Old English spicing "large nail"), from Proto-Germanic *spikaz (cf. Middle Dutch spicher, Dutch spijker "nail," Old English spaca, Old High German speihha "spoke"), from PIE root *spei- "sharp point" (cf. Latin spica "ear of corn," spina "thorn, prickle, backbone," and perhaps pinna "pin" (see pin (n.)); Greek spilas "rock, cliff;" Lettish spile "wooden fork;" Lithuanian speigliai "thorns," spitna "tongue of a buckle," Old English spitu "spit").
But based on gender difficulties in the Germanic words, OED casts doubt on this whole derivation and says the English word may be a borrowing of Latin spica (see spike (n.2)), from the same root. Slang meaning "needle" is from 1923. Meaning "pointed stud in athletic shoes" is from 1832. Electrical sense of "pulse of short duration" is from 1935.
"ear of grain," late 14c., from Latin spica "ear of grain," related to spina "thorn" (see spike (n.1)).
1620s, "to fasten with spikes," see spike (n.1). Meaning "To rise in a spike" is from 1958. Military sense (1680s) means "to disable guns by driving a big nail into the touch-hole." Figurative use of this sense is from 1823. Meaning "to lace (a drink) with liquor" is from 1889. Journalism sense of "to kill a story before publication" (1908) is from the metal spindle in which old-time editors filed hard copy of stories after they were set in type, or especially when rejected for publication.