“Bike” and other slang terms for genitals

When I was in fourth grade, a rumor went around that “bike” was a French word for “penis.” This probably came from the “bike cup” that one buys in sporting goods stores. For several months, saying someone “just got a new bike” or telling them to “grab your bike” could get a laugh out of any of us. Was this just a local thing?

I know of several other things like this, in which a random word is said to be French (or simply code) for something sexual – the famous example all over the Des Moines Metro Area was that “shut up” meant “meet me in bed in five minutes.” This was hilarious to fifth graders and groan-inducing to middle schoolers.

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  1. Bunche

    I distinctly recall "bike" being a penis euphemism around the time when I was in third and fourth grade in southern Connecticut during the early 1970's, and I have not heard it in actual use since, not even among the children I worked with as a summer and day camp counselor, and those were some filthy-minded kids.

  2. Anonymous

    In common use where I grew up on LI (Jericho-Syosset) in the mid-late 70's. Thanks for taking me back!

    "Did you lock up your bike? Hawhawhaw!"

  3. Jason from Maryland

    In Maryland in the early 1980's, kids at my school said "bike" was German for penis. And that "riding a bike" meant to touch yourself.

    1. Mark from Maryland

      I had the exact same experience – Maryland, early 1980’s, bike as a German word for penis. I went to Grosvenor Elementary and then to Ashburton in Bethesda.

  4. Anonymous

    We had that in upstate NY back in the mid 1980s, as well.

  5. Anonymous

    I remember that "foot" was a vagina for some odd reason……maybe came from the Yiddish "futz"

    (Upstate NY 1980's)

  6. Glen Slater

    In elementary school in Baldwin, New York, guys used to go up to each other and ask, "What color is your bike?" My bicycle, or bike, was yellow, so the kid who was asking me would go into a laughing fit and say "Your bike is YELLOW????!!!", and laugh some more. Then, he would explain to me, "Don't you know what a 'bike' is??? It's yer DICK!!!!!!"

  7. Glen Slater

    Oh, yeah, let me add that that was in the late 60s and very early 70s. By the way, the bike of choice back then was what we called a "stingray", the kind with the high-rise handlebars and the "banana seat". Hmmmmm. Banana seat. Could that possibly be the reason????……

  8. Anonymous

    Evergreen Park, south side of Chicago~ BIKE meant penis to us kids around 1978- until I moved to the suburbs in 1986. The burb kids had never heard of it!~

  9. MstrLance

    '70's Northern California. Bike = Dick: check.

  10. Anon

    We had "dude" which meant a cows dick. We would ask our friends, "how's it hangin' dude?" The response would be, "about ten feet." (with a cowboy drawl)

    The we had one that a "dexter" was a monkey dick.

  11. Ryan M

    When I was a teenager in the 80's, we used to go to a campground on the weekends about 2.5 hours away, where we had a trailer. My older sister had a friend there and one night she and her younger brother (my age) and a male friend came by to sit around our camp fire. A short time later the brother and friend wanted to leave and invited me – their new friend – to go and hang out with them. As we were walking, the brother said we were going to meet a couple of girls they knew – apparently the three of us were going to have sex with the two of them – and then said, "If they ask how big your bike is just tell them it's 8 inches." I had never heard the term before but knew by the 8 inches part that 'bike' obviously meant dick. Now, my dick is under 8 inches, but I came back with a quick reply of, "Why would I lie and tell them my dick is smaller than it is?" Both guys got wide eyes but said nothing and turned and started to walk on. Obviously two teenage guys are not gonna start asking a third about his dick, no matter how much they may have wanted to know. Anyway, the girls never showed in the end. That was the one and only time I heard 'bike' used in that way.

  12. Shotgun Facelift

    Meant penis in “french” when I was young as well. 1985ish Brandon, Manitoba, Canada at the time.

  13. Lefthandshake

    Wow. I totally forgot about the bike=penis thing. I must’ve first heard it (and subsequently left it) in the fourth grade. I remember watching Pee Wee’s Big Adventure with a bunch of friends around that time. When it got to the scene where Pee Wee invites everyone he knew into a basement to interrogate them regarding the whereabouts of his beloved bicycle, there’s a part where Pee Wee shows a photo of him all sad, with him saying “It’s just me…WITHOUT MY BIKE!!” We would all roll on the floor laughing.

  14. handwritingrepair@gmail.com

    One of the more vulgar French words for “penis” — occurring in many of that language’s raunchy jokes and songs — is “bite”: pronounced “BEET,” but I suspect that the “bike” story got started by some American seen the word written/typed and who was slightly misremembering it. The originator could have been, for instance, a WWII service-member.

  15. Jpt

    Yup. Definitely vague-remember this from grade school in NH in the mid 80s!!! Too funny. I was telling a friend about it and thought I’d gone mad. Thanks for writing this!!!! Lol


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