a child, especially a small boy.
any small child.
a cur; mongrel.
Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
Other definitions for tyke (2 of 2)
Australia and New Zealand Informal. a Roman Catholic.
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How to use tyke in a sentence
She remembered how wise and tempered Jake had seemed when she gazed into his eyes, even when he was the tiniest of tykes.Hurricane Sandy Victim Jacob Vogelman’s Mother Remembers His Life | Michael Daly | November 1, 2012 | THE DAILY BEAST
And I bet twelve little tykes like these uns will keep that Steele man hoppin for a while.Ruth Fielding At Sunrise Farm | Alice B. Emerson
This represents a common pleasantry at the font among the “tykes,” but is necessarily modern.Curiosities of Puritan Nomenclature | Charles W. Bardsley
"They say we Yorkshire tykes are a rough lot," said Herrick, smiling, and she took up the challenge at once.The Making of a Soul | Kathlyn Rhodes
It tykes more'n twiddley little bits er lights ter scare James Collins, I tells yer.The Riddle of the Frozen Flame | Mary E. Hanshew
You reach the scene of action; the badger is before, half a score of tykes around, and the yokels behind you.Three Courses and a Dessert | Anonymous
British Dictionary definitions for 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
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