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.
- spigelius' line,
- spigelius' lobe,
- spike heath,
- spike heel,
- spike heels,
- spike lavender,
- spike moss
Origin of spike1
Origin of spike2
Examples from the Web for spike
In a famous rant, Spike Lee blamed hipsters for the gentrication of his old neighborhood in Brooklyn.
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|Rich Goldstein|April 10, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Marlow Stern|March 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It was almost the only thing he had said since hearing the announcement, after Spike had clapped him on the back with such force.Baseball Joe at Yale|Lester Chadwick
So saying, her new boarder smiled and nodded and, following Spike out into the hallway, was gone.
Spike now saw this well planned project to avoid death, and regretted his own remissness in not making sure of Jack.
Another pause, while Spike stands frowning in perplexed thought.
With the buoy for a guide, Spike had no difficulty in finding the spot where the schooner lay.Jack Tier or The Florida Reef|James Fenimore Cooper
- 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.