\ ˈspīkt How to pronounce spiked (audio) , 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 The Food Building stand with spiked hand pies sells every boozy flavor from its Stillwater bakery. Sharyn Jackson, Star Tribune, "10 Twin Cities restaurants that have popular fair foods on the menu," 27 Aug. 2020 Still, customers have to be 21 or older to enjoy the spiked scoops — which include the Margarita Kiss with tequila, the Princess Peach with whiskey, and the Caramel Dunkachino with coffee, whipped vodka and bourbon cream liqueur. Kathy Stephenson, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah breweries beg for a liquor license," 27 Aug. 2020 Why Do Masks Help Prevent the Spread of COVID-19? COVID-19 is caused by a novel type of coronavirus called SARS-CoV-2, a tiny particle of genetic material wrapped a fatty coating covered in spiked proteins that give it a crown-like appearance. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "What Experts Know About Masks and COVID-19," 6 Apr. 2020 In recent months, the pandemic shut down industries and spiked unemployment rates as high as 17.5%, all while forcing residents into their homes for weeks on end, using up more energy. London Gibson, The Indianapolis Star, "'Food is more important right now': COVID-19 forces some to struggle paying energy bills," 3 Aug. 2020 The extraordinary fossil has already provided scientists with a fresh understanding of how the interlocking spiked plates covering the animal’s tough hide functioned and fit together, reports Michael Greshko of National Geographic. Alex Fox, Smithsonian Magazine, "Exquisitely Preserved ‘Mona Lisa’ of Dinosaur Fossils Reveals Prehistoric Creature’s Last Meal," 4 June 2020 The 20-mile chase began at 58th Avenue and Broadway in Adams County and ended at Morrison Road and C-470 in Jefferson County that ended when officer punctured the suspect’s car tires with spiked sticks, Overton said. Kirk Mitchell, The Denver Post, "Driver rammed Adams County sheriff’s patrol car, led cops on three-county chase," 22 Jan. 2020 The top-selling spiked seltzer brand teamed up with fast-casual chain Blaze Pizza to make a White Claw crust. Jordan Valinsky, CNN, "Boozy ice cream and pizza crusts: How spiked seltzer is evolving beyond beverages," 4 July 2020 Glowing red eyes glower from beneath a spiked mask of deep aubergine, a lethal spike slicing up from the snout like a gargantuan Japanese horned beetle. Seija Rankin, EW.com, "Get a first look at Ryan La Sala's anticipated sophomore novel, Be Dazzled," 18 June 2020

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First Known Use of spiked

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Spiked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiked. Accessed 20 Sep. 2020.

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: having sharp points : formed into points

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