Definitions

from The American HeritageĀ® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A collaborative website whose content can be edited by anyone who has access to it.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A collaborative website which can be directly edited merely using a web browser, often by anyone with access to it.
  • v. To research on Wikipedia or some similar wiki.
  • v. To conduct research on a wiki.
  • v. To contribute to a wiki.
  • v. To participate in the wiki-based production of.

Etymologies

Originally an abbreviation of WikiWikiWeb, software developed by American computer programmer Howard G. Cunningham (born 1949) : Hawaiian wikiwiki, quick + web.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
1995. Abbreviated from WikiWikiWeb, from Hawaiian wikiwikiĀ ("quick") + English web. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • What happened to the nice PHPBB wiki (@wiki.phpbb.com) that looked like the ACP?

    phpBB.com

  • According to Meredith Farkas, the word "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian word meaning "quick."

    Archive 2006-10-01

  • The concept of "wiki" comes from the Hawaiian word for "quick" and is a fast way to cross-link information by using WikiWords, a mixed case word entered into an editor.

    Netvouz - new bookmarks

  • Hence the term wiki--coined a decade ago by programmer Howard Cunningham--which means "hurry quick" in Hawaiian.

    Entrepreneurs, Start Your Wikis

  • If you're not familiar with the term wiki, here's a definition from Wikipedia, which is itself probably the highest profile wiki on the internet.

    Peace, order and good government, eh?: July 2005 Archives

  • The term wiki means "quick" in Hawaiian, and wikis are all about quickly linking your information together.

    Softpedia - Windows - All

  • The term wiki also can refer to the collaborative software itself (wiki engine) that facilitates the operation of such a site, or to certain specific wiki sites, including the computer science site (the original wiki) WikiWikiWeb and online encyclopedias such as Wikipedia.

    grat.uito.us

  • Almost all wikis require a server, because a wiki is a webpage at its heart, but some are made to run locally on your machine, meaning all you need is a computer.

    Wikis. Awesome. «

  • Not that the wiki is the cure all for all, as it is written by the combined minds of all, but it does give one a start.

    Barack Obama Elected President of the United States | One Year Later...What's Changed?

  • This wiki is a resource both for current union members and for library professionals seeking information about joining or starting a union

    February 2007

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  • quick, see wiki wiki

    January 3, 2009

  • A web site that can be easily edited by anyone with permission to do so without any special software beyond the editor's browser.

    August 14, 2008

  • December 26, 2006

  • "Contrary to popular belief, not invented by Wikipedia."

    ...or Will Smith

    "Wiki wiki wild wild west"

    December 22, 2006

  • In Hawaiian, it is doubled, as in "wiki wiki", and it is pronounced "wee-kee". Contrary to popular belief, not invented by Wikipedia.

    December 22, 2006

  • A bunch of such pages, which can easily link to each other.

    December 21, 2006

  • A webpage that can be updated by anyone. From Hawaiian for "very fast".

    December 3, 2006