sike

[ sahyk, sik ]
/ saɪk, sɪk /
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noun Scot. and North England.

a small stream.
a gully or ditch, especially one that fills with water after a heavy rain.
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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sike


n.

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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