Definition of pike noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//paɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//paɪk//
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  1. 1 (pl. pike) a large freshwater fish with very sharp teeth See related entries: Fish
  2. 2 a weapon with a sharp blade on a long wooden handle, used in the past by soldiers on foot
  3. 3(North American English) = turnpike
  4. 4(dialect) a pointed top of a hill in the north of England the Langdale Pikes
  5. Word Originsense 1 Middle English: from pike ‘weapon’ (because of the fish's pointed jaw).sense 2 and sense 4 early 16th cent.: from French pique, back-formation from piquer ‘pierce’, from pic ‘pick, pike’; compare with Old English pīc ‘point, prick’ (of unknown origin). Sense (4) is apparently of Scandinavian origin; compare with West Norwegian dialect pīk ‘pointed mountain’.Idioms (North American English, informal) to happen; to become noticeable We're hearing a lot about new inventions coming down the pike.