Dictionary.com

tyke

1

or tike

[ tahyk ]
/ taɪk /
Save This Word!

noun
a child, especially a small boy.
any small child.
a cur; mongrel.
Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
QUIZ
SHALL WE PLAY A "SHALL" VS. "SHOULD" CHALLENGE?
Should you take this quiz on “shall” versus “should”? It should prove to be a quick challenge!
Question 1 of 6
Which form is used to state an obligation or duty someone has?

Origin of tyke

1
1350–1400; Middle English <Old Norse tīk bitch

Other definitions for tyke (2 of 2)

tyke2

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
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2022

How to use tyke in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for tyke

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
FEEDBACK