\ˈmīk \

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 \

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

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 Gail Mishkin, who oversees events and marketing for the La Cañada store, arranged a day of readings, open mike sessions and activities for all. Sara Cardine, latimes.com, "Flintridge Bookstore celebrates its own Independence Day with local writers, activities," 3 May 2018 If mikes were staticky and lighting cues ill-timed on opening night, Marc Anthony Thompson’s compositions and sound design show real artistry. Lily Janiak, San Francisco Chronicle, "Voices of the Tenderloin come alive in Campo Santo’s ‘Spirits’," 17 May 2018 Open mikes were like that because they would be used to acoustic sets and everything. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "Hip-Hop / Music Chicago rapper Lunxch on constructive panic, apathetic open-mike audiences, and changing his name from Sage," 9 Feb. 2018 Thu: Bob Zany, 8 p.m., $15; comedy open mike hosted by Sophie Hughes and KC Hunt, 9:30 p.m. 405 S. 8th St., Boise. idahostatesman, "Take in some live music in the Treasure Valley this week | Idaho Statesman," 8 Feb. 2018 Photo: mike blake/Reuters Campbell tried to break into the fresh-food sector by acquiring Bolthouse Farms in 2012. Jacob Bunge, WSJ, "Food Companies Churn Through CEOs, Desperate for Fresh Ideas," 29 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

: to put a microphone on (someone)


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