1350-1400;Middle English; special use of pike5; compare Old Englishhornpīc pinnacle
a sharply pointed projection or spike.
the pointed end of anything, as of an arrow or a spear.
before 900;Middle Englishpik pick, spike, (pilgrim's) staff, Old Englishpīc pointed tool. See pick2
verb (used without object), piked, piking. Older Slang.
to go, leave, or move along quickly.
1425-75;late Middle Englishpyke (reflexive); perhaps orig. to equip oneself with a walking stick. See pike5
noun, Diving, Gymnastics.
a body position, resembling a V shape, in which the back and head are bent forward and the legs lifted and held together, with the hands touching the feet or backs of the knees or the arms extended sideways.
Pickerel is a carnivorous freshwater fish, a member of the pike family.
There's some cool new refrigeration technology coming down the pike.
Northern pike are top predators with long torpedo shaped bodies built for speed.
Loved and hated, the northern pike has both detractors and fans.
British Dictionary definitions for pike
noun (pl) pike, pikes
any of several large predatory freshwater teleost fishes of the genus Esox, esp E. lucius (northern pike), having a broad flat snout, strong teeth, and an elongated body covered with small scales: family Esocidae
any of various similar fishes
C14: short for pikefish, from Old English pīc point, with reference to the shape of its jaw
a medieval weapon consisting of an iron or steel spearhead joined to a long pole, the pikestaff
"highway," 1837 shortening of turnpike (q.v.). Originally it meant the toll booth; it came to mean the road itself 1852.
"weapon," c.1511, from M.Fr. pique "a spear, pikeman," from piquer "to pick, prick, pierce," from O.Fr. pic "sharp point or spike," perhaps ult. from a Gmc. or Celtic source. Alternative explanation traces O.Fr. word to L. picus "woodpecker." Also developed from O.E. pic "pointed object, pickaxe." Pike, pick, and pitch were formerly used indifferently in Eng. Pike position in diving, gymnastics, etc., attested from 1928, on same notion as jack-knife.
"voracious freshwater fish," early 14c., probably short for pike-fish, a special use of pike (2) in reference to the fish's long, pointed jaw (cf. Fr. brochet "pike" (fish), from broche "a roasting spit").