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or tike

[tahyk] /taɪk/
a child, especially a small boy.
any small child.
a cur; mongrel.
Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
Origin of tyke1
1350-1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch


or tike

[tahyk] /taɪk/
Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
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 Unabridged
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  • But tyke had a poor listener that night, though he never knew it.

    Cleg Kelly, Arab of the City S. R. (Samuel Rutherford) Crockett
  • You're in Bermondsey, mister, an' if you tyke my advice you'll go 'ome an' sty 'ome.

    Changing Winds St. John G. Ervine
  • Thus he speculated on the re-naming of the tyke, as he walked towards Grosvenor Square.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • "And down't you tyke on so, Lidjer," said the husband, and they looked as if they were about to embrace.

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • If I tyke it I want to feel it is syme as my very own and do my dooty by it, pore thing!

    The Christian Hall Caine
  • Naow, I'll styke my reputation on somethin', you tyke it dahn word for word.

  • An' when the door opened an' the man wi' the wooden feet cam' in—preserve me, but he was a weary-lookin' tyke.

    The Men of the Moss-Hags S. R. Crockett
  • All the same, if that tyke hadn't jeered at me for parlour tricks!

  • "Well, if she can sit I'll tyke to bookkeeping," said my model.

    Some Short Stories Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for tyke


a dog, esp a mongrel
(informal) a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
(Brit, dialect) a rough ill-mannered person
(Brit, slang, often offensive) Also called Yorkshire tyke. a person from Yorkshire
(Austral, slang, offensive) a Roman Catholic
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse tīk bitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for tyke

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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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