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tyke1

or tike

[tahyk]
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noun
  1. a child, especially a small boy.
  2. any small child.
  3. a cur; mongrel.
  4. Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
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Origin of tyke1

1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch

tyke2

or tike

[tahyk]
noun
  1. Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
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Origin of tyke2

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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Examples from the Web for tike

Historical Examples

  • The fireman—'e's a real 'andsome man—I can tike to that sort myself.

    Sue, A Little Heroine

    L. T. Meade

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

    The Castaways

    Harry Collingwood

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

  • If I could only tike them an' you too, swop me bob, I should be 'appy.'

    Liza of Lambeth

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • 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


British Dictionary definitions for tike

tike

noun
  1. a variant spelling of tyke
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tyke

tike

noun
  1. a dog, esp a mongrel
  2. informal a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
  3. British dialect a rough ill-mannered person
  4. Also called: Yorkshire tyke British slang, often offensive a person from Yorkshire
  5. Australian slang, offensive a Roman Catholic
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Word Origin

C14: from Old Norse tīk bitch
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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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