Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small child, especially a boy.
  • noun A mongrel or cur.
  • noun Chiefly British A man considered uncouth or mean; a boor.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See tike.
  • noun Au obsolete form of ti ck.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun See 2d tike.
  • noun a small child.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun dialectal A mongrel dog.
  • noun slang A small child, especially a boy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun a crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
  • noun a young person of either sex
  • noun a native of Yorkshire

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English, mongrel, from Old Norse tīk, bitch.]

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From Old Norse tík ‘bitch’ ( > Norwegian tik).

Examples

  • If your tyke is still too young for those, try these adorable hat & booties sets.

    Olivia Chen | Inhabitat

  • Just found out that my favorite fantasy series when I was a tyke is coming to the big American screen, and Ian McShane plays Merriman Lyon!

    SeeLight:

  • Just found out that my favorite fantasy series when I was a tyke is coming to the big American screen, and Ian McShane plays Merriman Lyon!

    Squeee! to the max

  • This adorable little tyke is the newest addition to the scrubbles store.

    2006 May : Scrubbles.net

  • This adorable little tyke is the newest addition to the scrubbles store.

    New in the Store: Cute Baby Stuff : Scrubbles.net

  • Still the tyke is a simple troll with a simple msg of hate.

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  • My tyke is my teacher, even during stressful times and situations.

    The Partial Observer

  • My tyke is my teacher and he delivers these lessons for me to learn night or day; at home or even on vacation.

    The Partial Observer

  • Still the tyke is a simple troll with a simple msg of hate.

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  • "tyke" of a doggie -- a biography which had so lived in my recollection that when a queer little fluffy dumpling of a puppy was given me I could not help giving it the old familiar name, little knowing how aptly true the name would prove to be in after years.

    Wild Nature Won By Kindness

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  • "Who owns the bleeding tyke?" Joyce, Ulysses, 15

    January 1, 2008