EXAMPLES | WORD ORIGIN noun a child, especially a small boy. any small child. a cur; mongrel. Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor. Origin of tyke 1 1350–1400; Middle English < Old Norse tīk bitch noun . Australia and New Zealand Informal a Roman Catholic. Origin of tyke 2 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 of tike
The fireman—'e's a real 'andsome man—I can
tike to that sort myself.
And Dirk, he says: ‘
Tike the “doctor’s” coal hammer and smash in a bottom plank.
What 'urts me about it is that I jest made a sort of mistake 'ow she'd
If I could only
tike them an' you too, swop me bob, I should be 'appy.'
Just empty the medicine aht into the pile, an' wash it aht, an' I'll
tike it round to the pub myself.' British Dictionary definitions for tike noun a variant spelling of tyke noun 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 for tyke
C14: from Old Norse
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Word Origin and History for tike 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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