/paɪk / (say puyk)

noun (plural pike or pikes)
1. sea pike.
2. any of various large, slender, fierce, voracious freshwater fishes of the Northern Hemisphere, of the genus Esox, having a long snout, especially the northern pike, E. lucius.
3. any of various superficially similar fishes.
{Middle English, shortened form of pikefish, so called from its pointed snout. See pike2}
Usage: For variation in the plural inflection, see note at fish1.
/paɪk / (say puyk)

1. History an infantry weapon with long shaft and comparatively small metal head.
verb (t) (piked, piking)
2. to pierce, wound, or kill with or as with a pike.
{from Middle French pique, from piquer prick (see pique, verb)
/paɪk / (say puyk)

1. a sharp point; a spike.
2. the pointed end of anything, as of an arrow or a spear.
{Middle English pīk, Old English pīc a pick or pickaxe, a point. See pike2}
/paɪk / (say puyk)

noun US
turnpike (def. 2).
{short for turnpike}
/paɪk / (say puyk) Colloquial

verb (i) (piked, piking)
1. to go quickly.
2. pike it,
a. to depart rapidly.
b. to die.
3. pike on, to let down; abandon: *They're not as bad as some I could mention, but those girls have got to have someone to see that no one stands over them or pikes on them. –criena rohan, 1963.
4. pike out, (sometimes followed by on) to go back on an arrangement; to opt out: he piked out on the deal.
{origin uncertain; ? to furnish oneself with a pike3 or pilgrim's staff}
/paɪk / (say puyk)

jackknife dive.
{20th century; origin unknown}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.


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