- 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 tike
Historical Examples of tike
The fireman—'e's a real 'andsome man—I can tike to that sort myself.Sue, A Little Heroine
L. T. Meade
And Dirk, he says: ‘Tike the “doctor’s” coal hammer and smash in a bottom plank.The Castaways
What 'urts me about it is that I jest made a sort of mistake 'ow she'd tike it.Mr. Britling Sees It Through
H. G. Wells
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.'
- a variant spelling of tyke
- 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
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.