dike

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See also: Dike, Dikê, dikë, Dikē, and dyke

English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

See dyke

Noun[edit]

dike ‎(plural dikes)

  1. (chiefly US) Alternative form of dyke: ditch; embankment; waterway; &c..

Verb[edit]

dike ‎(third-person singular simple present dikes, present participle diking, simple past and past participle diked)

  1. (chiefly US) Alternative form of dyke: to dig a ditch; to raise an earthwork; &c.
    • 1996 September 27, Michael Miner, "WVON Won't Take the Bait" in The Chicago Reader:
      Lakeside water-filtration plants, an 11,000-acre diked airport east of 55th Street, slash-and-bulldoze highway projects through Jackson and Lincoln parks—these and many another grandiose project leapt from the sketchbooks of city planners.
    • 2001 November 16, Karen F. Schmidt, "Ecology: A True-Blue Vision for the Danube" in Science, Vol. 294, No. 5546, pp. 1444-1447:
      In 1983, dictator Nicolae Ceausescu decreed that the Romanian Danube delta, one of Europe's largest wetlands, be diked for growing rice and maize.

Etymology 2[edit]

Of uncertain etymology, first attested in mid-19th century Virginia. Possibly a variant of deck and deck out or influenced by them.

Verb[edit]

dike ‎(third-person singular simple present dikes, present participle diking, simple past and past participle diked)

  1. (US dialect slang, obsolete) To be well dressed.
Derived terms[edit]

Noun[edit]

dike ‎(plural dikes)

  1. (US dialect slang, obsolete) A well-dressed man.
  2. (US dialect slang, obsolete) Formalwear or other fashionable dress.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

See dyke

Noun[edit]

dike ‎(plural dikes)

  1. Alternative form of dyke: a masculine woman; a lesbian.

References[edit]

  • Oxford English Dictionary. "dike, n.² and v.²".
  • Oxford English Dictionary. "dike | dyke, n.³".

Esperanto[edit]

Adverb[edit]

dike

  1. thickly

Swedish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse díki, from Proto-Germanic *dīkiją, from Proto-Indo-European *dʰeygʷ- (whence also English ditch).

Noun[edit]

dike n

  1. ditch; a small canal, for irrigation or drainage
    Han körde i diket med sin nya bil.
    He went off the road with (ditched) his new car.

Declension[edit]

Inflection of dike 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative dike diket diken dikena
Genitive dikes dikets dikens dikenas

Usage notes[edit]

  • The phrase "köra i diket" (to ditch) is used also when there's no ditch.

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