fike

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English fiken ‎(to feign, dissemble, flatter), from Old English fician ‎(to wheedle, flatter) (also found in compound befician ‎(to deceive)), from Proto-Germanic *fikōną ‎(to deceive), from Proto-Indo-European *pÁig-, *peig- ‎(ill-meaning, evil-minded, treacherous, hostile, bad). Related to Old English ġefic ‎(fraud, deceit, deception), Old English fācen ‎(deceit, fraud, treachery, sin, evil, crime, blemish, fault), Middle High German veichen ‎(dissembling, deceit, fraud), Latin piget ‎(it irks, it annoys).

Verb[edit]

fike ‎(third-person singular simple present fikes, present participle fiking, simple past and past participle fiked)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To feign; dissemble; flatter.

Etymology 2[edit]

From Middle English fiken, fyken ‎(to fidget, move about restlessly, hasten away), from Old Norse fíkjast ‎(to be eager or restless), from fíka ‎(to climb, move). Cognate with Scots fyke ‎(to move about restlessly, fidget, itch), Norwegian fika ‎(to strive, take trouble), Icelandic fikinn ‎(eager, greedy). Related to fig and fidget.

Alternative forms[edit]

Verb[edit]

fike ‎(third-person singular simple present fikes, present participle fiking, simple past and past participle fiked)

  1. (intransitive) To move about in a quick, uneasy way; be constantly in motion.
  2. (transitive) To give trouble to; vex; perplex.

Noun[edit]

fike ‎(plural fikes)

  1. Restlessness or agitation caused by trifling annoyance.
  2. (Britain dialectal) Any trifling peculiarity in regard to work which causes unnecessary trouble; teasing exactness of operation.
Derived terms[edit]

Etymology 3[edit]

From Middle English fike, from Old English fīc ‎(fig, fig-tree, fig-disease, venereal ulcer, hemorrhoids), from Proto-Germanic *fika, *figa ‎(fig), from Latin fīca, fīcus ‎(fig, fig-tree). Cognate with Dutch vijg ‎(fig), German Feige ‎(fig), Swedish fikon ‎(fig), Icelandic fikja ‎(ficus). More at fig.

Noun[edit]

fike ‎(plural fikes)

  1. (obsolete) A fig.
  2. (Britain dialectal) A sore place on the foot.