\ 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

Noun The announcer was wearing a mike.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The venue’s open-mike event, Grito de Boyle Heights, is hosted by Sammy Quetzalli on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month. Jireh Deng, Los Angeles Times, 8 Sep. 2021 In the back, Andy Conrad picked up a mike to challenge the emphasis on extending maximum life span, which is currently around a hundred and fifteen. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 11 Aug. 2021 At the mike, Meera Dasgupta—a former New York City Youth Poet Laureate, and the reigning National Youth Poet Laureate—introduced her poem. Adam Iscoe, The New Yorker, 17 May 2021 Eztli, who has become a talent scout for poets across southeastern Los Angeles, likewise met Torres at an open mike night at Cruzita’s Deli in Huntington Park about four years ago. Los Angeles Times, 22 Apr. 2021 Coyle knit three prototypes, and within a few days the group had named it the Pussyhat, a reference to Trump’s hot-mike moment with Billy Bush. Carrie Battan, The New Yorker, 22 Mar. 2021 Jump won the ferocious battle, as teammates provided dramatic tableside commentary, using a shampoo bottle as a mike. Scott Ostler, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 Apr. 2021 Oakley parents push for classroom reopenings after entire school board resigns over hot mike moment. Anna Buchmann, San Francisco Chronicle, 22 Feb. 2021 That’s how Benioff tossed the virtual mike to Taylor on a call with Wall Street analysts to discuss Salesforce’s quarterly earnings. Owen Thomas, SFChronicle.com, 20 Dec. 2020

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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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28 Sep 2021

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“Mike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mike. Accessed 17 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of mike

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English Language Learners Definition of mike (Entry 2 of 2)

: to put a microphone on (someone)


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