\ ˈmīk How to pronounce mike (audio) \

Definition of mike

 (Entry 1 of 3)


miked; miking

Definition of mike (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to supply with a microphone


communications code word
\ ˈmīk How to pronounce Mike (audio) \

Definition of Mike (Entry 3 of 3)

used as a code word for the letter m

Examples of mike in a Sentence


The announcer was wearing a mike.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Pengilly’s Saloon: Fri: Bread and Circus, 8:45 p.m. Sat: Hatton/Reilly Band, 8:45 p.m. Sun: Classy vs. Trashy Burlesque, 8 p.m. Mon: open mike with Rebecca Scott and Emily Tipton, 8 p.m. Tue: The Suburbans, 8:45 p.m. idahostatesman, "Take in some live music in the Treasure Valley this week | Idaho Statesman," 11 Jan. 2018 In the early 70s he got turned on to autoharps while participating in cross-genre open-mike series. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Zither maestro Laraaji continues exploring musical paths no one else can see," 21 June 2018 Thu: Matt Baetz, 8 p.m., $12; comedy open mike hosted by Sophie Hughes, 9:30 p.m. 405 S. 8th St., Boise. idahostatesman, "Take in some live music in the Treasure Valley this week | Idaho Statesman," 10 May 2018 Thu: Gabriel Rutledge, 8 p.m., $12; comedy open mike hosted by Sophie Hughes and KC Hunt, 9:30 p.m. 405 S. 8th St., Boise. 208-941-2459. idahostatesman, "Take in some live music in the Treasure Valley this week | Idaho Statesman," 18 Jan. 2018 And then a dozen students trooped up to a bank of shortwave radios and read their questions into the mike. Steve Rubenstein, San Francisco Chronicle, "Orbiting astronaut talks life in space with San Bruno students via ham radio," 7 Mar. 2018 McCarthy arrived with $45 in cash, and Atwood signed her up for an open mike night in a comedy club. David A. Keeps, Good Housekeeping, "Funny Girl: Exclusive Interview with Melissa McCarthy," 6 Nov. 2012 Kwyn will host her first In the Yard open mike at the Breathing Room, a community space headed by Kristiana Rae Colón. Matt Harvey, Chicago Reader, "Chicagoans / Poetry / Race South-side poet Kwynology wants people to fall back in love with Chicago at her open mike," 25 June 2018 Photo: mike nelson/EPA/Shutterstock Bob Raymer, a senior engineer at the California Building Industry Association, said the trade group would have preferred California hold off a few more years on the solar mandate. Erin Ailworth, WSJ, "California Takes Big Step to Require Solar on New Homes," 9 May 2018

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First Known Use of mike


1924, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

Communications code word

1942, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mike


by shortening & alteration

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English Language Learners Definition of mike

informal : to put a microphone on (someone)


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