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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Spike
  1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward or outward.
  2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape."He wears on his head the corona radiata . . . ; the spikes that shoot out represent the rays of the sun." [Addison.]
  3. An ear of corn or grain.
  4. [Bot] A kind of flower cluster in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.

Etymology: Akin to LG. spiker spieker, a large nail, D. spijker, Sw. spik, Dan. spiger, Icel. spīk; all perhaps from L. spica a point, an ear of grain; but in the sense of nail more likely akin to E. spoke of a wheel. Cf. Spine

verb Spike
  1. To fasten with spikes, or long, large nails; as, to spike down planks.
  2. To set or furnish with spikes.
  3. To fix on a spike.(R)
  4. To stop the vent of (a gun or cannon) by driving a spike nail, or the like into it.
noun Spike
Spike lavender. See Lavender.

Etymology: Cf. G. spieke, L. spica an ear of grain. See Spikenard

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  1. Sports equipment consisting of a sharp point on the sole of a shoe worn by athletes ("spikes provide greater traction")
  2. A large stout nail ("they used spikes to fasten the rails to a railroad tie")
  3. Any holding device consisting of a rigid, sharp-pointed object ("the spike pierced the receipts and held them in order")
  4. A long, thin sharp-pointed implement (wood or metal) ("one of the spikes impaled him")
  5. A sharp-pointed projection along the top of a fence or wall (or a dinosaur)
  6. Each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves) ("the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game" and "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens")
  7. A very high narrow heel on women's shoes
  8. A transient variation in voltage or current
  9. A sharp rise followed by a sharp decline ("the seismograph showed a sharp spike in response to the temblor")
  10. (botany) an indeterminate inflorescence bearing sessile flowers on an unbranched axis
  11. Fruiting spike of a cereal plant especially corn
  12. Manifest a sharp increase ("the voltage spiked")
  13. Add alcohol to (beverages) ("the punch is spiked!")
  14. Bring forth a spike or spikes
  15. Secure with spikes
  16. Pierce with a sharp stake or point
  17. Stand in the way of

From Latin spīca (“ear of grain”). In the sense of a workhouse, perhaps from the metal nail used for picking oakum.

  1. A sort of very large nail; also, a piece of pointed iron set with points upward/outward.
  2. Anything resembling such a nail in shape.
  3. An ear of corn or grain.
  4. (botany) A kind of inflorescence in which sessile flowers are arranged on an unbranched elongated axis.
  5. (in plural ; informal) Running shoes with spikes in the soles.
  6. A sharp peak in a graph.
  7. The long, narrow part of a high-heeled shoe that elevates the heel.
  8. A long nail for storing papers and, by extension, the metaphorical place where rejected newspaper articles are sent.
  9. (volleyball) An attack from, usually, above the height of the net performed with the intent to send the ball straight to the floor of the opponent or off the hands of the opposing block.
  10. (zoology) An adolescent male deer.
  11. A surge in power.
  12. (slang) The casual ward of a workhouse.
  13. Spike lavender.
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Notable Persons Named Spike

Spike Jonze is a film director, film producer, screenwriter, and actor. He was most active from 1989 to present. Spike was given the name Adam Spiegel on October 22nd, 1969 in Rockville, Maryland, U.S.


Spike Lee is a film director, producer, screenwriter, actor, and professor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1977 to present. Spike was given the name Shelton Jackson Lee by his parent Bill Lee (musician) on March 20th, 1957 in Atlanta, Georgia, United States.


Spike was given the name Terence Alan Milligan on April 16th, 1918 in Ahmednagar, British India. He died on February 27th, 2002.


Spike Jones was a musician. He holds the title Spike Jones and His City Slickers: Cocktails for Two. His most notable accomplishments were from 1937 to 1964. Spike was given the name Lindley Armstrong Jones on December 14th, 1911 in Long Beach, California, U.S. He breathed his last breath on May 1st, 1965.


Spike Spiegel is an animanga character.


Spike Dudley is a wrestler. Spike was born on August 13th, 1970 in Providence, Rhode Island.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Spike


Moondog was born on May 31st, 1950. He left this life on March 21st, 2013.


Don Spike is a k-pop musician. Don was given the name Kim Min-soo on January 24th, 1977 in Seoul.


Robert was born on November 13th, 1923. He passed away in 1966.


Michele Spike is a historian.


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Popularity of Spike as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Spike U.S.
  White 81.74% 64.26%
  African American 12.99% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.99% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.15% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.13% 16.26%

Of Last Name Spike

People with the last name Spike are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Spike

  • How Popular is the name Spike? Spike is the 35,075th most popular name of all time. As a last name Spike was the 36,736th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Spike have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 111 babies born with the first name Spike in the United States. That's more than enough people named Spike to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Spike? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1942 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Spike first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Spike is Tuesday, July 1st, 1879.
  • What year had the most people named Spike born? The highest recorded use of the first name Spike was in 1958 with a total of 10 babies.
  • Weird things about the name Spike: Your name in reverse order is Ekips. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Spkei. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Spike? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 608 people with the last name Spike.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Spike? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Spike as their last name since less than 1 person in 476k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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