- The definition of a pike is a summit, mountain or hill with a peak, or a spike or spear, or a slender fish with sharp teeth in the family Esocidae and order Salmoniformes.
- An example of a pike is a major country road.
- An example of a pike is a long hunting spear.
- An example of a pike is an Esox.
- Pike is defined as to pierce or kill with a spear.
An example of pike is to stab a fish with a spear.
Origin of pike; from turnpike
Origin of pikeFrench pique ; from piquer, to pierce, prick ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form piccare: see picador
- any of a family (Esocidae, order Salmoniformes) of slender, voracious, freshwater bony fishes with a narrow, pointed head and conspicuous, sharp teeth; esp., a species (Esox lucius) of the northern parts of the Northern Hemisphere
- any of various fishes resembling the true pikes, as the walleye
Origin of pikeMiddle English pik, probably ; from pike (see pike), from the pointed head
Origin of pikeMiddle English pike ; from Old English pic, pickax, probably akin to OFr, pick, pickax ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form piccus: see picador
- a peaked summit
- a mountain or hill with a peaked summit
Origin of pikeME, probably ; from Old Norse pik ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps Old French pique ; from Classical Latin picus: see picador
transitive verbpiked, pik·ing, pikes
Origin of pikeFrench pique, from Old French, from piquer, to prick; see pique.
nounpl. pike or pikes
- A freshwater game and food fish (Esox lucius) of the Northern Hemisphere that has a long snout and attains a length of over 1.2 meters (4 feet). Also called northern pike.
- Any of various fishes closely related to this fish, such as the muskellunge or the pickerels.
- Any of various fishes that resemble this fish.
Origin of pikeMiddle English, perhaps from Old English p&imacron;c, sharp point (from its shape).
- A turnpike.
- a. A tollgate on a turnpike.b. A toll paid.
intransitive verbpiked, pik·ing, pikes
Origin of pikeShort for turnpike.
Origin of pikeMiddle English, possibly of Scandinavian origin.
Origin of pikeMiddle English, from Old English p&imacron;c.
Origin of pikeProbably from pike2 (from the resemblance of the position to the fish's head ).
Tania Cagnotto of Italy
at the 2009 FINA World
- A very long thrusting spear used two-handed by infantry both for attacks on enemy foot soldiers and as a counter-measure against cavalry assaults. The pike is not intended to be thrown.
- A sharp point, such as that of the weapon.
- Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox, especially the northern pike, Esox lucius.
- A turnpike.
- A pointy extrusion at the toe of a shoe, found in old-fashioned footwear.
- (diving) A dive position with knees straight and a tight bend at the hips.
- A large haycock.
(third-person singular simple present pikes, present participle piking, simple past and past participle piked)
- To attack, prod, or injure someone with a pike.
- (Australia, New Zealand, slang, often with "on" or "out") To quit or back out of a promise.
- Don't pike on me like you did last time!
Middle French pique (“long thrusting weapon"), from Old French pic (“sharp point"), and from Old English pÄ«c (“pointed object, pick axe"), ultimately a variant form of pick, with meaning narrowed.
Perhaps a special use of Etymology 1, above; or from an early Scandinavian language, compare Norwegian pik (“summit").
- A surname of multiple origins, including Middle English pike.