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trike Syllabification: trike

Definition of trike in English:


A tricycle.
Example sentences
  • He's also becoming addicted to hang gliding (which we'll review in due course), and he tinkers with bikes and trikes.
  • All the kids go around the block driving patriotically festooned bikes and trikes.
  • About 100 bikes and trikes joined the 60-mile run to meet other bikers in Blackpool, bringing the Golden Mile to a standstill.


Late 19th century: abbreviation.

  • bicycle from mid 19th century:

    The velocipede (literally ‘rapid foot’) was the early form of bicycle, which is formed from bi- ‘two’ and Greek kuklos ‘wheel’. The abbreviation bike was not long to follow, in the late 19th century. A tricycle as a name for a three-wheeled coach drawn by two horses, dates from the 1820s, with the abbreviation trike appearing in the 1880s. Unicycle, from uni- ‘one’, was first recorded in the US in the 1860s.

Words that rhyme with trike

alike, bike, haik, hike, like, mic, mike, mislike, pike, psych, psyche, shrike, spike, strike, tyke, Van Dyck, vandyke
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