bike

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English[edit]

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A bike.

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Etymology 1[edit]

From bicycle, by shortening, and possibly alteration.

One explanation for the pronunciation is that bicycle is parsed to bi(cy)c(le). An alternative explanation is that bicycle is shortened to bic(ycle), and the terminal [s] is converted to a [k] because there is an underlying underspecified [k]/[s] sound, which is softened to [s] in bicycle but retained as [k] in bike; compare the letter ‘c’ (used for [k]/[s]).[1]

Noun[edit]

bike (plural bikes)

  1. A short form of bicycle.
  2. A short form of motorbike.
  3. (slang) A promiscuous woman; from “the town bike (everybody rides her)”.
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  1. ^ An Etymological Brainteaser: The Shortening of Bicycle to Bike, Robert B. Hausmann, American Speech, Vol. 51, No. 3/4 (Autumn - Winter, 1976), pp. 272–274

Verb[edit]

bike (third-person singular simple present bikes, present participle biking, simple past and past participle biked)

  1. To ride a bike.
    I biked so much yesterday that I'm very sore today.
  2. To travel by bike.
    It was such a nice day I decided to bike to the store, though it's far enough I usually take my car.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown.

Noun[edit]

bike (plural bikes)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A nest of wasps or hornets.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir W. Scott to this entry?)
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 107:
      he stood for a minute talking to them about their job of gathering cones, and telling them a story about a tree he'd once climbed which had a wasp's byke in it unbeknown to him.

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Basque[edit]

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Latin pix

Noun[edit]

bike

  1. pitch

Italian[edit]

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English

Noun[edit]

bike f (invariable)

  1. motorbike, motorcycle

Jèrriais[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowing from English bike.

Noun[edit]

bike f (plural bikes)

  1. bicycle

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Kurdish[edit]

Verb[edit]

bike

  1. Third-person singular future of kirin.