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tyke

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or tike

[ tahyk ]
/ taɪk /
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noun
a child, especially a small boy.
any small child.
a cur; mongrel.
Chiefly Scot. a low, contemptible fellow; boor.
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Origin of tyke

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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

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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 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
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