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bike

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Pronunciation: /bʌɪk
 
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Definition of bike in English:

noun

A bicycle or motorcycle: I’m going by bike [as modifier]: a bike ride
More example sentences
  • His best freebie has been a mountain bike and a bike rack for his car.
  • It's no secret that eBay has become one of the hottest spots on the Internet to buy and sell used bikes and bike gear.
  • There is also a fun ride where the citizens of Hamburg can ride their bikes around a set course in the city streets.

verb

[no object, with adverbial of direction] informal Back to top  
1Ride a bicycle or motorcycle: Danny bikes to the park and back every day
More example sentences
  • Falconry displays, American cheerleaders, Quad biking and train rides will also feature.
  • Avoid driving whenever possible by walking, biking, using public transit, or car-pooling.
  • These are real and possible threats while biking along a suburban city paved bike and hike trail.
1.1 [with object] British Cause (a letter or package) to be delivered by bicycle or motorcycle: I’ll get them to bike the scripts over
More example sentences
  • There was a courier service that would bike round bags of it with little flags of the country it came from on the sachet.
  • Illuminating and surprising, this programme should be biked directly to the FA and anywhere else where national sports are organised.
  • If your "bad back" is bothering you too much to respond online, then, maybe, you could hop on a bicycle, and bike the message to me.

Origin

late 19th century: abbreviation.

More
  • 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.

Phrases

get off one's bike

1
Australian /NZ informal Become annoyed.

on your bike!

2
British informal Go away (used as an expression of annoyance).
Example sentences
  • "On yer bike mate, you can't bring that on board this train!"
  • But Trinny and Susannah have said 'on yer bike' to her old style and fixed her up with an ultra-feminine look.
  • At least they've not said "on yer bike son"

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