Origin of bikeshortened and altered from bicycle
intransitive verbbiked, bik′ing
- A bicycle.
- A motorcycle.
- A motorbike.
intransitive verbbiked, bik·ing, bikes
Origin of bikeShortening and alteration of bicycle
(third-person singular simple present bikes, present participle biking, simple past and past participle biked)
- To ride a bike.
- I biked so much yesterday that I'm very sore today.
- 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.
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]).