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

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A mongrel dog.
  • n. A small child, especially a boy.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

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

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

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


Middle English, mongrel, from Old Norse tīk, bitch.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old Norse tík ‘bitch’ ( > Norwegian tik). (Wiktionary)


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

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

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  • I know that as a very little tyke (I * think* pre-school), I remember interrupting a meal with sobbing.

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  • In a wildly unconvincing reversal, Dexter talks Travis into releasing the adorable tyke and putting him on an elevator ?

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

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