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wiki

Syllabification: wi·ki
Pronunciation: /ˈwikē
 
/

Definition of wiki in English:

noun

A website that allows collaborative editing of its content and structure by its users.
Example sentences
  • At the heart of this movement are wikis, web sites that allow users to directly edit any web page with one click of the mouse.
  • And I have a sneaky suspicion that the same goes for most other examples of participative media, from blogs to tags to wikis to whatever.
  • There are instructions on the report website on how to request access to the wiki.

Origin

coined by programmer Ward Cunningham (1949–), from Hawaiian wiki-wiki 'quick-quick'.

More
  • Wiki, for a web page that can be edited by its users, comes from Hawaiian wikiwiki ‘very quick’. The WikiWikiWeb was the first such site founded in 1995, which was named after the Wiki Wiki shuttle bus that runs between Honolulu Airport terminals. This has since been eclipsed by the collaborative encyclopedia Wikipedia founded in 2001. Wiki is sometimes explained as from ‘What I Know Is’ but this is what has been christened a backronym—an acronym formed to explain an extant word.

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