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tyke

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Pronunciation: /tʌɪk
 
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(also tike)

Definition of tyke in English:

noun

1 informal A small child, especially a cheeky or mischievous one: is the little tyke up to his tricks again?
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  • Hey, not all kids are irrepressible, mischievous, restless tykes!
  • Whilst trying to make the melodies inaccessible, these cheeky tykes from Ozzy's old home city have only gone and made them all the more appealing.
  • Adults dig the clever scripts and inside jokes, while little tykes think the girls are adorable and thrill to their fast-paced adventures.
1.1 [usually as modifier] Canadian An initiation level of sports competition for young children: tyke hockey
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  • It traces Little League to its roots in 1939 and offers lots of photos and displays of uniforms and caps worn by tyke players over the years.
  • These tiny lads were barely past tyke stage and were costumed in huge, puffy, fuzzy, brightly colored bee suits with little matching caps and antennae.
2 dated , chiefly British An unpleasant or coarse man.
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  • This spunky St-Michel tyke has been working the local wrestling circuit for the past five years and has been fanatical about pro-wrestling since childhood.
  • But as the years went on and he started receiving close to 1,000 spam e-mails a day, this determined tyke decided to take action.
3A dog, especially a mongrel.
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  • It hasn't helped either asking dog owners to carry a plastic bag to pick up any poo their tyke drops.
4 (also Yorkshire tyke) British informal A person from Yorkshire: Geordies and tykes have never got on particularly well
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  • Sweet making giant Cadbury has been accused of tampering with the taste buds of Yorkshire tykes.
  • The secret's out, as the 4,000 sweaty Mancs who witness the Yorkshire tykes triumph will tell you.
  • if you want to meet and network with your fellow Yorkshire tykes then join the Yorkshire academy here
5Australian /NZ informal , derogatory A Roman Catholic.
[ early 20th century: alteration of Taig]

Origin

late Middle English (sense 2, sense 3): from Old Norse tík 'bitch'.

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  • The word tyke (from Old Norse tík ‘bitch’) was first a term for a dog, especially a mongrel. It quickly became a rough man and then a Yorkshire tyke, ‘a person from Yorkshire’, before being used as an affectionate term for a cheeky child. In Australia and New Zealand tyke is an offensive term for a Roman Catholic. This is an alteration of Taig, a Northern Ireland Protestant's insulting name for a Catholic, from the Irish name Tadhg, which has been used since the 17th century as a nickname for an Irishman.

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