bike vs motorcycle what difference

what is difference between bike and motorcycle

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


English

Etymology

motor +‎ cycle, from the Motorcyclette produced in 1897 by the French Werner Frères et Cie.

Pronunciation

  • (Received Pronunciation) IPA(key): /ˈməʊtəˌsaikəl/
  • (General American) IPA(key): /ˈmoʊtɚˌsaɪkəl/, [ˈmoʊɾɚˌsaɪkl̩]
  • Rhymes: -oʊtəɹˌsaɪkəl
  • Hyphenation: mo‧tor‧cy‧cle

Noun

motorcycle (plural motorcycles)

  1. An open-seated motor vehicle with handlebars instead of a steering wheel, and having two (or sometimes three) wheels.

Synonyms

  • (motor-powered vehicle): bike, chopper, cycle, moped, motorbicycle (obsolete), motorbike

Derived terms

  • motorcyclist
  • motorcycling

Descendants

  • Malay: motosikal

Translations

See also

  • scooter

Verb

motorcycle (third-person singular simple present motorcycles, present participle motorcycling, simple past and past participle motorcycled)

  1. (intransitive) To ride a motorcycle.

Translations


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