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 Britain) A crude uncouth ill-bred person lacking culture or refinement
  4. (Britain, 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.