dialectal, chiefly British : a small stream
especially : one that dries up in summer
dialectal, chiefly British : ditch

Examples of sike in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English, from Old English sīc; akin to Old Norse sīk slow stream, Old English sicerian to trickle

First Known Use

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of sike was before the 12th century

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Cite this Entry

“Sike.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Sep. 2023.

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