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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

Examples of mike in a Sentence

Noun The announcer was wearing a mike.
Recent Examples on the Web
The trouble started about a year ago, just a few months into Yoon’s term, when he was caught swearing into a hot mike in New York, on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly. E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 30 Sep. 2023 The mike was never on. BostonGlobe.com, 10 June 2021 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
On-set sound mixer Steven Morrow recalls it as a terrifying proposition — miking 200 chorus and orchestra members performing live in an echoey cathedral. Jordan Riefe, Los Angeles Times, 19 Feb. 2024 But nobody had filmed a team for an entire season, let alone miked up a quarterback for every game, and on their off-days, too. Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 6 Sep. 2023 During the bottom of the first, both Freeman and Betts were miked up, razzing each other between each pitch. Jack Harris, Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2023 From miking up coaches to expanding games across the border, the Big 12 Conference wants to go where no other has before — commercially and geographically. Irving Mejia-Hilario, Dallas News, 3 July 2023 Max Weinberg’s drums were miked especially hot, giving the material a backbone that hit particularly hard throughout. Marc Hirsh, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Mar. 2023 So while the studio tracks served as backing tracks, the band's instruments were also miked and plugged in during the filming, and the actors had a bit of room to experiment. Town & Country, 10 Mar. 2023

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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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“Mike.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mike. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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