- a small stream.
- a gully or ditch, especially one that fills with water after a heavy rain.
Origin of sike
1300–50; Middle English < Old Norse sīk small stream, ditch, pond, cognate with Old English sīc (now sitch) rill, Middle Low German sīk puddle; akin to Old High German seih urine, Old English sicerian to ooze
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Examples from the Web for sike
Page 50, changed "even raughed" to "even laughed" and "Sike's case" to "Sikes case."Step Lively!
Tarn (a mountain pool), grain and sike (mountain streams) are also Scandinavian terms.
As to the name Well-syke, “sike” is an old term for a “beck,” or small running stream.A History of Horncastle
James Conway Walter
A very brief exercise of Mr. Sike's art, sufficed to overcome the fastening of the lattice; and it soon stood wide open also.Oliver Twist, Illustrated
If them as is left, should know waat's coom tiv'un, there'll be sike a revolution and rebel!The Life And Adventures Of Nicholas Nickleby
Word Origin and History for sike
also syke, "small stream," a Scottish and Northern word, from Old English sic or cognate Old Norse sik "a ditch, trench."
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper