bicycle vs bike what difference

what is difference between bicycle and bike

English

Etymology

Borrowed from French bicycle (modern bicyclette), from bi- (bi-; two) +‎ cycle (cycle). First attested in English in 1868, and in French in 1847.

(promiscuous woman): From double meaning of ride (“to transport oneself upon” vs. “to mount someone to have sex with them”). A communal bicycle would have many riders.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbaɪsɪkl̩/
  • Hyphenation: bi‧cy‧cle

Noun

bicycle (plural bicycles)

  1. A vehicle that has two wheels, one behind the other, a steering handle, and a saddle seat or seats and is usually propelled by the action of a rider’s feet upon pedals.
    Synonyms: (clipping) bike, pushbike, (historical) velocipede; see also Thesaurus:bicycle
    Hypernym: cycle
  2. A traveling block used on a cable in skidding logs.
  3. The best possible hand in lowball.
  4. (Britain, Australia, New Zealand) A motorbike.
  5. (vulgar slang, usually in compounds specifying a context) a slut; a promiscuous woman

Derived terms

Related terms

Descendants

  • Burmese: ဘိုင်စကယ် (bhuingca.kai)
  • Papiamentu: baiskel
  • Sranan Tongo: baisigri
  • Urdu: بائیسکل

Translations

Verb

bicycle (third-person singular simple present bicycles, present participle bicycling, simple past and past participle bicycled)

  1. (intransitive) To travel or exercise using a bicycle.
Translations

French

Alternative forms

  • bécik

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bi.sikl/

Noun

bicycle m (plural bicycles)

  1. bicycle
    Synonym: bicyclette

Derived terms

  • bicyclette

Descendants

  • English: bicycle

Further reading

  • “bicycle” in Trésor de la langue française informatisé (The Digitized Treasury of the French Language).


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /baɪk/
  • (US, Canada) IPA(key): [bɐɪk]
  • Rhymes: -aɪk

Etymology 1

From bicycle, by shortening, and possibly alteration. Attested from 1882.

One explanation for the pronunciation is that bicycle is parsed to bi(cy)c(le). An alternative explanation is that bicycle is shortened to bic(ycle), and the terminal [s] is converted to a [k] because there is an underlying underspecified [k]/[s] sound, which is softened to [s] in bicycle but retained as [k] in bike; compare the letter ‘c’ (used for [k]/[s]).

Noun

bike (plural bikes)

  1. Clipping of bicycle.
  2. Clipping of motorbike.
  3. (slang, derogatory) Ellipsis of village bike
    Synonyms: slapper, slag
Hyponyms
Derived terms
Descendants
  • Italian: bike f
  • Norman: bike f
Translations
See also
  • trike

Further reading

  • bike on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
References

Verb

bike (third-person singular simple present bikes, present participle biking, simple past and past participle biked)

  1. To ride a bike.
  2. To travel by bike.
  3. (transitive) To transport by bicycle
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English bike, byke (a nest of wild bees or wasps”, also “honeycomb). Of Unknown origin. Perhaps a back-formation of Middle English *bykere (beekeeper), from Old English bēocere (beekeeper); or from Old English *bȳc a byform of Old English būc (belly; vessel; container). Compare also Old Norse (bee).

Noun

bike (plural bikes)

  1. (Scotland, Northern England) A hive of bees, or a nest of wasps, hornets, or ants.
    • 1955, Robin Jenkins, The Cone-Gatherers, Canongate 2012, p. 107:
      he stood for a minute talking to them about their job of gathering cones, and telling them a story about a tree he’d once climbed which had a wasp’s byke in it unbeknown to him.
  2. (chiefly Scotland, by extension, collective) A crowd of people.

Anagrams

  • Beki, kibe

Basque

Etymology

From Latin pix.

Noun

bike inan

  1. pitch

Farefare

Etymology

Pronunciation

IPA(key): /bí.ké/

Verb

bike

  1. shake, move
    Mam yetɩ m yõkɛ la foote, zɛ sĩm da bike

    I’m going to take a photo, keep still, and do not move

Italian

Etymology

Borrowed from English bike.

Noun

bike f (invariable)

  1. motorbike, motorcycle

Norman

Etymology

Borrowed from English bike.

Noun

bike f (plural bikes)

  1. (Jersey) bicycle

Derived terms


Northern Kurdish

Verb

bike

  1. third-person singular future of kirin

Slovene

Noun

bike

  1. accusative plural of bik

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