tyke

1

or tike

[ tahyk ]
/ taɪk /
|

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

Definition for tike (2 of 2)

tyke

2

or tike

[ tahyk ]
/ taɪk /

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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British Dictionary definitions for tike (1 of 2)

tike

/ (taɪk) /

noun

a variant spelling of tyke

British Dictionary definitions for tike (2 of 2)

tyke

tike

/ (taɪk) /

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 tīk bitch
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Word Origin and History for tike

tyke


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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