\ˈspīkt, ˈspī-kəd\

Definition of spiked 

1 : having an inflorescence that is a spike

2 : having a sharp projecting point

3 of hair : arranged in stiff tufts

Examples of spiked in a Sentence

a lizard with a spiked tail

Recent Examples on the Web

There is now a line of spiked sorbets and ice creams — once sold only in Las Vegas — that has become available nationwide. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, "What Happens in Vegas Doesn’t Always Stay There," 25 June 2018 Four other towers are climbing nearby, making 181 Fremont seem like part of a thicket rather than the architectural lightning rod suggested by the diagonal beams that culminate in a 50-foot spiked spire at one corner. John King, SFChronicle.com, "New nimble, frisky SoMa tower fits neatly into surroundings," 6 July 2018 Initially, his deeds and words are obvious, solicitous and spiked with gentle teasing. New York Times, "Review: In ‘Breath,’ Tasty Waves and Gnomic Truths," 31 May 2018 His 1oth strikeout came against Jake Marisnick on a spiked breaking ball. Chandler Rome, Houston Chronicle, "Astros spoil Charlie Morton's gem in loss to Rays," 1 July 2018 The march was the following day, but already Bourbon Street was crawling with sparkly males in spiked heels and women in beads and rainbow-striped bow ties. Kelsy Chauvin, Condé Nast Traveler, "What NOLA's 'Gay Mardi Gras' Taught Me About My Parents—and Myself," 13 June 2018 Swapping out her spiked heels for baggy overalls and beanies, the pop star plays an extremely talented hacker by the name of Nine Ball in the film. refinery29.com, "Ocean's 8 Uplifts Black Women In The Best Way," 8 June 2018 As the truck approached I-84, a trooper threw spiked stop sticks onto the highway, puncturing one tire, state police said. Jesse Leavenworth, courant.com, "Inside A Coventry Home, Mayhem As Bullets Fly," 2 June 2018 Make sure the bartender delivers it Women are taught from an early age never to leave their cocktails unattended—that’s because spiked drinks are very common. Beca Grimm, GQ, "How to Buy a Stranger a Drink Without Looking Creepy," 24 May 2018

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First Known Use of spiked

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of spiked

: having sharp points : formed into points

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to express warning or disapproval

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