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tyke1

or tike

[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.
Origin of tyke1
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch

tyke2

or tike

[tahyk] /taɪk/
noun
1.
Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
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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  • If I could only tike them an' you too, swop me bob, I should be 'appy.'

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • The fireman—'e's a real 'andsome man—I can tike to that sort myself.

    Sue, A Little Heroine L. T. Meade
  • Suspicion, put on the scent by the night-watchman's story, pointed to tike Bryerson as the criminal.

    The Quickening Francis Lynde
  • What 'urts me about it is that I jest made a sort of mistake 'ow she'd tike it.

  • And Dirk, he says: ‘tike the “doctor’s” coal hammer and smash in a bottom plank.

    The Castaways Harry Collingwood
  • tike my word for it, if people took a little drop of spirits in time, there'd be much less sickness abaht.'

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • And Hunt was gone; they heard him whistling for his tike when he was himself out of sight, and the dog went at last.

    My Lord Duke E. W. Hornung
  • tike my word, there ain't no good in teetotalism; it finds yer aht in the end, an' it's found you aht.'

    Liza of Lambeth W. Somerset Maugham
  • By this time, however, her admirers had found a new love in the tike, who came dancing before them all in white.

  • One 'ud hardly b'lieve it possible for such things to tike plice in London nowadays.

    Number Seventeen Louis Tracy
British Dictionary definitions for tike

tike

/taɪk/
noun
1.
a variant spelling of 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 tike

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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