tyke

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From Middle English tike, tyke, from Old Norse tík (bitch). Compare modern Icelandic tík (bitch, female dog), Faroese tík (bitch, female dog), Swedish tik (bitch, female dog). For sense 5, early 20th century: alteration of Taig.

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tyke (plural tykes)

  1. (dialectal) A mongrel dog.
  2. (slang) A small child, especially a cheeky or mischievous one
    1. (Canada) An initiation level of sports competition for young children
  3. (dated, chiefly UK) A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
  4. (UK, informal) A person from Yorkshire; a Yorkshireman or Yorkshirewoman
  5. (Australia, New Zealand, informal, derogatory) A Roman Catholic

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“tyke” in OED Online, Oxford University Press, 1989.