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[tahyk] /taɪk/
noun
1.
a child, especially a small boy.
2.
any small child.
3.
a cur; mongrel.
4.
Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
Also, tike.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch

tyke2

[tahyk] /taɪk/
noun
1.
Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
Also, tike.
Origin
1940-45; compare Ulster English Taig contemptuous term for a Roman Catholic Irishman, archaic English teague derogatory name for an Irishman < Irish Tadhg a common personal name
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British Dictionary definitions for tyke

tyke

/taɪk/
noun
1.
a dog, esp a mongrel
2.
(informal) a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
3.
(Brit, dialect) a rough ill-mannered person
4.
(Brit, slang, often offensive) Also called Yorkshire tyke. a person from Yorkshire
5.
(Austral, slang, offensive) a Roman Catholic
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse tīk bitch
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Word Origin and History for tyke
n.

c.1400, "cur, mongrel," from Old Norse tik "bitch," related to Middle Low German tike. Also applied in Middle English to a low-bred or lazy man. The meaning "child" is from 1902, though it was used in playful reproof from 1894.

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