Bike meaning

bīk
A bicycle.
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A motorbike.
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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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(slang) A promiscuous woman; from “the town bike (everybody rides her)”.
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A short form of bicycle.
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To ride a bike.
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To ride a bike.

I biked so much yesterday that I'm very sore today.

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(Scotland, Northern England) A nest of wasps or hornets.

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A motorcycle.
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To travel on a bicycle or motorcycle.
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A short form of motorbike.
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Origin of bike

  • Shortening and alteration of bicycle

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • 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]).

    From Wiktionary

  • From bicycle, by shortening, and possibly alteration.

    From Wiktionary

  • Origin unknown.

    From Wiktionary