\ 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 Apple, for example, held a series of cultural, educational and community virtual events June 17-19, including a discussion about the history of Juneteenth, an open mike and spoken word celebration, and a Juneteenth Musical Celebration. Danielle Echeverria, SFChronicle.com, "Bay Area organizers spur Big Tech to recognize Juneteenth," 19 June 2020 On Tuesday, June 2nd, at a community event focussed on police violence, the sixteen-term New York congressman Eliot Engel, of the Sixteenth District, was caught on a hot mike asking Bronx Borough President Rubén Díaz, Jr., for the chance to speak. Astra Taylor, The New Yorker, "A New Group of Leftist Primary Challengers Campaign Through Protests and the Coronavirus," 17 June 2020 At past graduations, Brenna Hammond watched in the audience as speakers delivered quips and advice, envisioning herself behind the mike. Cincinnati.com, "'Not able to say goodbye': Valedictorians lament loss of graduation speeches, rituals," 21 May 2020 The book is composed of short essays about encounters Sharlet had while photographing strangers. mike All photos by Jeff Sharlet The… Moby Sick From items found in the stomachs of dead whales since 2010, as described in news reports. Antonia Lloyd-jones, Harpers Magazine, "Archive: 2020," 11 May 2020 The animal went for his throat, and while Horn tried to beat him off with his mike, the tiger held on to his neck and dragged him off stage. Washington Post, "Get our Coronavirus Updates newsletter," 9 May 2020 The 6-foot-3, 230-pound linebacker is the most experienced player on Louisville’s defense, and as the mike linebacker, he's asked to be one of the quarterbacks of the defense. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "6 Louisville football players who could be picked in the 2021 NFL draft," 28 Apr. 2020 Again and again, one of the hapless souls onstage will step up to the mike and lead a Dylan classic in a voice that suggests not thought, but deepest feeling made audible. Ben Brantley, New York Times, "‘Girl From the North Country’ Review: Bob Dylan’s Amazing Grace," 5 Mar. 2020 WGN America Bring the Funny The best acts from the open mike round go head-to-head. Los Angeles Times, "What’s on TV Tuesday, Aug. 13: ‘Pandora’ on CW," 13 Aug. 2019

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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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“Mike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mike. Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of mike

informal : to put a microphone on (someone)


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