It was such a nice day I decided to bike to the store, though it's far enough I usually take my car.
I biked so much yesterday that I'm very sore today.
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 bicycle, by shortening, and possibly alteration.
- Origin unknown.