(noun) any of several elongate long-snouted freshwater game and food fishes widely distributed in cooler parts of the northern hemisphere

expressway, freeway, motorway, pike, state highway, superhighway, throughway, thruway

(noun) a broad highway designed for high-speed traffic


(noun) medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet


(noun) a sharp point (as on the end of a spear)


(noun) highly valued northern freshwater fish with lean flesh

Source: WordNet® 3.1

Etymology 1

Proper noun


A surname.

A census-designated place in Sierra County, California, United States.

Etymology 2


Pike (plural Pikes)

(US, slang) A member of the Pi Kappa Alpha fraternity.


• kepi, kipe

Etymology 1


pike (plural pikes)

(military, historical) A very long spear used two-handed by infantry soldiers for thrusting (not throwing), both for attacks on enemy foot soldiers and as a countermeasure against cavalry assaults.

A sharp point, such as that of the weapon.

A large haycock (“conical stack of hay left in a field to dry before adding to a haystack”).

Any carnivorous freshwater fish of the genus Esox, especially the northern pike, Esox lucius.

(diving, gymnastics) A position with the knees straight and a tight bend at the hips with the torso folded over the legs, usually part of a jack-knife. [from 1920s]

(fashion, dated) A pointy extrusion at the toe of a shoe.

(chiefly, Northern England) Especially in place names: a hill or mountain, particularly one with a sharp peak or summit.

(obsolete) A pick, a pickaxe.

(obsolete, Britain, dialectal) A hayfork.

(obsolete, often, euphemistic, ) A penis.


• (the fish species Esox lucius): see northern pike


pike (third-person singular simple present pikes, present participle piking, simple past and past participle piked)

(transitive) To prod, attack, or injure someone with a pike.

(ambitransitive, diving, gymnastics) To assume a pike position.

(intransitive, gambling) To bet or gamble with only small amounts of money.

(intransitive, Australia, New Zealand, slang) Often followed by on or out: to quit or back out of a promise.

Etymology 2


pike (plural pikes)

Short for turnpike.

(derogatory, slang) A gypsy, itinerant tramp, or traveller from any ethnic background; a pikey.


pike (third-person singular simple present pikes, present participle piking, simple past and past participle piked)

(intransitive) To equip with a turnpike.

(intransitive, obsolete, Britain, thieves' cant) To depart or travel (as if by a turnpike), especially to flee, to run away.


• kepi, kipe

Source: Wiktionary

Pike, n. Etym: [F. pique; perhaps of Celtic origin; cf. W. pig a prick, a point, beak, Arm. pik pick. But cf. also L. picus woodpecker (see Pie magpie), and E. spike. Cf. Pick, n. & v., Peak, Pique.]

1. (Mil.)

Definition: A foot soldier's weapon, consisting of a long wooden shaft or staff, with a pointed steel head. It is now superseded by the bayonet.

2. A pointed head or spike; esp., one in the center of a shield or target. Beau. & Fl.

3. A hayfork. [Obs. or Prov. Eng.] Tusser.

4. A pick. [Prov. Eng.] Wright. Raymond.

5. A pointed or peaked hill. [R.]

6. A large haycock. [Prov. Eng.] Halliwell.

7. A turnpike; a toll bar. Dickens.

8. (Zoöl.) sing. & pl.

Definition: A large fresh-water fish (Esox lucius), found in Europe and America, highly valued as a food fish; -- called also pickerel, gedd, luce, and jack.

Note: Blue pike, grass pike, green pike, wall-eyed pike, and yellow pike, are names, not of true pike, but of the wall-eye. See Wall-eye. Gar pike. See under Gar.

– Pike perch (Zoöl.), any fresh-water fish of the genus Stizostedion (formerly Lucioperca). See Wall-eye, and Sauger.

– Pike pole, a long pole with a pike in one end, used in directing floating logs.

– Pike whale (Zoöl.), a finback whale of the North Atlantic (Balænoptera rostrata), having an elongated snout; -- called also piked whale.

– Sand pike (Zoöl.), the lizard fish.

– Sea pike (Zoöl.), the garfish (a).

Source: Webster’s Unabridged Dictionary 1913 Edition


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