- a child, especially a small boy.
- any small child.
- a cur; mongrel.
- Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
Origin of tyke1
- Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
Origin of tyke2
Examples from the Web for tykes
She remembered how wise and tempered Jake had seemed when she gazed into his eyes, even when he was the tiniest of tykes.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life
November 1, 2012
It's the same wi' Wullie and the tykes—they're doon on him same as men are on me.
And there is a saying in the land: "Faithfu' as the Moores and their tykes."
This represents a common pleasantry at the font among the “tykes,” but is necessarily modern.Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature
Charles W. Bardsley
"They say we Yorkshire tykes are a rough lot," said Herrick, smiling, and she took up the challenge at once.The Making of a Soul
It tykes more'n twiddley little bits er lights ter scare James Collins, I tells yer.The Riddle of the Frozen Flame
Mary E. Hanshew
- a dog, esp a mongrel
- informal a small or cheeky child: used esp in affectionate reproof
- British dialect a rough ill-mannered person
- Also called: Yorkshire tyke British slang, often offensive a person from Yorkshire
- Australian slang, offensive a Roman Catholic
Word Origin and History for tykes
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.