dyke

dyke

1 [dahyk]
noun, verb, dyked, dyking.
dike1.
Dictionary.com Unabridged

dyke

2 [dahyk]
noun Slang: Disparaging and Offensive.
a female homosexual; lesbian.
Also, dike.


Origin:
1940–45; earlier in form bulldike (with a variant bulldagger); of obscure origin; claimed to be a shortening of morphodyke (variant of morphodite, a reshaping of hermaphrodite), though morphodyke is more likely a blend of morphodite and a pre-existing dyke; other hypothesized connections, such as with diked out or dike “ditch,” are dubious on semantic grounds

dykey, adjective
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To dyke
Collins
World English Dictionary
dyke or dike1 (daɪk)
 
n
1.  an embankment constructed to prevent flooding, keep out the sea, etc
2.  a ditch or watercourse
3.  a bank made of earth excavated for and placed alongside a ditch
4.  (Scot) a wall, esp a dry-stone wall
5.  a barrier or obstruction
6.  a vertical or near-vertical wall-like body of igneous rock intruded into cracks in older rock
7.  informal (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  a lavatory
 b.  (as modifier): a dyke roll
 
vb
8.  civil engineering an embankment or wall built to confine a river to a particular course
9.  (tr) to protect, enclose, or drain (land) with a dyke
 
[C13: modification of Old English dic ditch; compare Old Norse dīki ditch]
 
dike or dike1
 
n
 
vb
 
[C13: modification of Old English dic ditch; compare Old Norse dīki ditch]

dyke or dike2 (daɪk)
 
n
slang a lesbian
 
[C20: of unknown origin]
 
dike or dike2
 
n
 
[C20: of unknown origin]

Dyke (dɑɪk)
 
n
Greg(ory). born 1947, British television executive; director-general of the BBC (2000--04)

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 10th Edition
2009 © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009
Cite This Source
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

dyke
1931, Amer.Eng., probably shortening of morphadike, dialectal garbling of hermaphrodite, but bulldyker "engage in lesbian activities" is attested from 1921, and a source from 1896 lists dyke as slang for "the vulva."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang Dictionary

dike definition


and dyke
  1. n.
    a lesbian; a bulldiker.(Rude and derogatory.) : Who's the dike in the cowboy boots?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
Copyright 2007. Published by McGraw-Hill Education.
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature
FAVORITES
RECENT

;