noun (1)
\ ˈbīk How to pronounce bike (audio) \
plural bikes

Definition of bike

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : bicycle They watch a middle-aged man pedal by on his bike, the carrier filled to the brim with its own pile of collectables.— Joanne Ramondt
2 : motorcycle More than 100,000 motorcyclists are expected to descend on tiny Sturgis, S.D., this week for the annual Black Hills Motor Classic, the country's biggest bike rally.Newsweek
3 : motorbike Yes, those are motorbikes racing around an ice track. No, that doesn't mean you should take your motorbike out on some ice and ride as fast as you can. These ice racers are serious. They modify their bikes to perform on the slippery surface provided by the great Michigan outdoors.— Jessica Shepherd
4 : stationary bicycle It's four in the morning and DeBartolo is already whirring away on the exercise bike. He'll ride and read for 90 minutes without stopping, then hit the rowing machine, then the stair-climber.— Rick Reilly


biked; biking

Definition of bike (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to ride a bike


noun (2)
plural bikes

Definition of bike (Entry 3 of 3)

1 chiefly Scotland : a nest of wild bees, wasps, or hornets
2 chiefly Scotland : a crowd or swarm of people

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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Examples of bike in a Sentence

Verb We biked to the park. He bikes in the mountains.

First Known Use of bike

Noun (1)

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1885, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bike

Noun (1)

by shortening & alteration

Noun (2)

Middle English

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“Bike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Jan. 2022.

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English Language Learners Definition of bike

: to ride a bicycle


\ ˈbīk How to pronounce bike (audio) \

Kids Definition of bike

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biked; biking

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