tyke

tyke

1 [tahyk]
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; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch

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tyke

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

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tyke
c.1400, "cur, mongrel," from O.N. tik "bitch," related to M.L.G. tike. Also applied 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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