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bike1

[bahyk] /baɪk/
noun
1.
Informal.
  1. a bicycle.
  2. a motorbike.
  3. a motorcycle.
2.
Harness Racing. a sulky with tires like those of a bicycle.
verb (used without object), biked, biking.
3.
to ride a bike:
I bike to work.
Idioms
4.
get off one's bike, Australian Informal. to lose control of oneself or become angry.
Origin of bike1
1880-1885
1880-85, Americanism; alteration of bicycle

bike2

[bahyk] /baɪk/
noun, Scot. and North England
1.
a colony, nest, or swarm of wild bees, wasps, or hornets.
2.
a teeming crowd; swarm of people.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English, equivalent to *bi bee (< Old Norse bȳ bee1) + *yeke, Old English gēoc help, safety
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  • She liked the bike well enough, but those falls: oh, damn it!

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • She did more now, in addition to the bike: a song-and-dance turn.

    The Bill-Toppers Andre Castaigne
  • How on earth did you manage to clamber on to the carriage when it was going at such a pace, while you were on a bike?

    Under the Chinese Dragon F. S. Brereton
  • Half an hour to go, an hour to kiss his girl, and half an hour back—and he had my bike.

    The Longest Journey E. M. Forster
  • Booty, who could judge (being "a bit handy with a bike" himself), said of them that they were "a fair treat."

    The Combined Maze May Sinclair
British Dictionary definitions for bike

bike1

/baɪk/
noun, verb
1.
(informal) short for bicycle, motorcycle
2.
(Brit, slang) on your bike, away you go
3.
(Austral & NZ, slang) get off one's bike, to lose one's self-control
noun
4.
(slang) a promiscuous woman: the town bike

bike2

/bəɪk; baɪk/
noun
1.
a wasps' or bees' nest
verb (intransitive)
2.
to swarm
Word Origin
C14: of uncertain origin
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Word Origin and History for bike
n.

1882, American English, shortened and altered form of bicycle.

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