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

Examples of spiked in a Sentence

a lizard with a spiked tail
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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 6 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


: having sharp points
: arranged in stiff clumps
spiked hair

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