[ wik-ee ]
/ ˈwɪk i /

noun, plural wikis.

(sometimes initial capital letter) a website that allows anyone to add, delete, or revise content by using a web browser.
Also called wiki engine, wiki application. the software used to create a wiki.


of, relating to, or being a wiki: wiki servers.

Nearby words

  1. wigner, eugene paul,
  2. wigtown,
  3. wigtownshire,
  4. wigwag,
  5. wigwam,
  6. wiki weapon,
  7. wikileaked,
  8. wikitorial,
  9. wikiup,
  10. wilberforce

Origin of wiki

From the Hawaiian word wiki to hurry; quick, fast Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for wiki

British Dictionary definitions for wiki


/ (ˈwɪkɪ) /


  1. a web application that allows anyone visiting a website to edit content on it
  2. (as modifier)wiki technology

Word Origin for wiki

C20: from Hawaiian wiki-wiki quick, coined by Ward Cunningham (born 1949), US computer programmer who invented the concept

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for wiki



web page that can be edited by browsers, by 2002, abstracted from names of such sites (e.g. Wikipedia, launched January 2001), the original being WikiWikiWeb, introduced and named by Ward Cunningham in 1995, from Hawaiian wikiwiki "fast, swift."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper