She remembered how wise and tempered Jake had seemed when she gazed into his eyes, even when he was the tiniest of tykes.
"They say we Yorkshire tykes are a rough lot," said Herrick, smiling, and she took up the challenge at once.
It tykes more'n twiddley little bits er lights ter scare James Collins, I tells yer.
You reach the scene of action; the badger is before, half a score of tykes around, and the yokels behind you.
This represents a common pleasantry at the font among the “tykes,” but is necessarily modern.
And there is a saying in the land: "Faithfu' as the Moores and their tykes."
It's the same wi' Wullie and the tykes—they're doon on him same as men are on me.
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.