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[sahyk, sik]
noun Scot. and North England.
  1. a small stream.
  2. a gully or ditch, especially one that fills with water after a heavy rain.
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Also syke.

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

Historical Examples

  • Page 50, changed "even raughed" to "even laughed" and "Sike's case" to "Sikes case."

    Step Lively!

    George Niblo

  • 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.

  • If them as is left, should know waat's coom tiv'un, there'll be sike a revolution and rebel!

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."

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