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miked; miking

transitive verb

: to supply with a microphone


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communications code word

used as a code word for the letter m

Example Sentences

Noun The announcer was wearing a mike.
Recent Examples on the Web
Tesla pioneered this drop-the-mike tech and Genesis has embraced it. Dallas News, 3 Sep. 2022 In the pilot, there’s a scene where a tech guy comes up and grabs a mike. Mike Sacks, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2022 Michaels, who will call his 11th Super Bowl Sunday when NBC broadcasts the game between the Cincinnati Bengals and the LA Rams, has been on the mike for some of the best moments in sports. Bill Goodykoontz, The Arizona Republic, 12 Feb. 2022 Two male sports broadcasters were fired after they were caught on a hot mike body shaming female high school basketball players on a Maine radio station. Julie Mazziotta, PEOPLE.com, 25 Jan. 2022 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 See More

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Word History



by shortening & alteration

First Known Use


1924, in the meaning defined above


1939, in the meaning defined above

Communications Code Word

1942, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mike was in 1924

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Cite this Entry

“Mike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mike. Accessed 29 Jan. 2023.

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