bike

noun (1)
\ˈbīk \
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

bike

verb
biked; biking

Definition of bike (Entry 2 of 3)

intransitive verb

: to ride a bike

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

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

Verb

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about bike

Dictionary Entries near bike

bijugate

Bikaner

Bikaneri

bike

bikeable

biker

bikeway

Statistics for bike

Look-up Popularity

Time Traveler for bike

The first known use of bike was in the 14th century

See more words from the same century

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for bike

bike

verb

English Language Learners Definition of bike

: to ride a bicycle

bike

noun
\ˈbīk \

Kids Definition of bike

 (Entry 1 of 2)

bike

verb
biked; biking

Kids Definition of bike (Entry 2 of 2)

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on bike

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with bike

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for bike

Spanish Central: Translation of bike

Nglish: Translation of bike for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of bike for Arabic Speakers

Britannica.com: Encyclopedia article about bike

Comments on bike

What made you want to look up bike? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

living or existing for a long time

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

Late Autumn 2018 Words of the Day Quiz

  • frosted-autumn-leaves
  • Which is a synonym of yahoo?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
SCRABBLE® Sprint

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!