ˈspīkt How to pronounce spiked (audio)
: having an inflorescence that is a spike
spiked blooms
: having sharp projecting points
a spiked tail
spiked collars
of hair : arranged in stiff tufts
a spiked hairstyle
of beverages : containing alcohol : hard sense 2b
spiked seltzers
Wisconsin gets to be among the first to try a new line of 80-calorie spiked sodas with zero sugar. Kathy Flanigan

Example Sentences

a lizard with a spiked tail
Recent Examples on the Web Civil War, sporting a form-fitting panther suit equipped with pointy ears and a spiked metal collar. Jacquelyne Germain, Smithsonian Magazine, 11 Nov. 2022 According to Moody’s Analytics chief economist Mark Zandi, a housing correction is a period in which the U.S. housing market—which got priced to 3% mortgage rates—works toward equilibrium in the face of spiked rates. Lance Lambert, Fortune, 4 Nov. 2022 Mighty Swell Made in Austin, the crisp spiked sodas from Mighty Swell are made from white grape juice using cold brewing, with 3 grams of sugar and 5 percent ABV in each can. Robin Soslow, Chron, 28 Oct. 2022 The Mountain Dew flavors are the same, but the spiked beverage now has a 5% alcohol by volume. Emily Deletter, The Enquirer, 27 Oct. 2022 Traditionally, pickers wearing spiked shoes climb the trees -- which can grow to 20 meters (about 65 feet) -- and falls can be fatal. Kathleen Magramo, CNN, 8 Sep. 2022 Warm apple cider, cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger mixed with bourbon creates a cozy spiked tipple. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, 17 Oct. 2022 This season, Tisci was inspired by goths at the ocean, like the ones walking side by side down the beach boardwalk in matching spiked chokers, discussing childhood memories by the sea, in the brand’s teaser film. Tara Gonzalez, Harper's BAZAAR, 27 Sep. 2022 Last spring, Boston police issued an alert reporting an uptick in spiked drink incidents at city bars and urged victims to report the cases to authorities by calling 911 or going to a police station. Nick Stoico, BostonGlobe.com, 21 Sep. 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1601, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of spiked was in 1601

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“Spiked.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spiked. Accessed 27 Nov. 2022.

Kids Definition

: having sharp points
: arranged in stiff clumps
spiked hair

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