\ ˈtīk How to pronounce tyke (audio) \
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Definition of tyke

1a : a small child
b chiefly British : a clumsy, churlish, or eccentric person
2 : dog especially : an inferior or mongrel dog

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Synonyms for tyke


canine, dog, doggy (or doggie), hound, pooch

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Examples of tyke in a Sentence

adopted a lovable tyke from the local animal shelter

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Rob Mendez was just a little tyke when college basketball coach and broadcaster Jim Valvano made his resonant speech at the 1993 ESPYS upon receiving the Arthur Ashe Courage Award. Gary Peterson, The Mercury News, "Armless, legless South Bay football coach honored at ESPYS has a message for you," 11 July 2019 As a signal boost, on Thursday night Lil Nas X issued a new remix, this one featuring charismatic rapper Young Thug and viral yodeling tyke Mason Ramsey. Randall Roberts, latimes.com, "Lil Nas X and Billie Eilish enlist array of stars in all-out race for No. 1," 12 July 2019 The spunky tyke knows how to find his favorite YouTube videos on his mom’s iPad. Susan Keating, PEOPLE.com, "Nurse Opens Up About Adopting the Critically Ill Baby Boy She Cared For: ‘We Love Him So Much’," 28 June 2019 Yet his trip on golf's slippery ladder arced invariably upward, beginning with ACC freshman of the year honors, not to mention a way with kids reflected in being perennially voted best counselor by tykes at Florida State's golf camps. Chuck Culpepper, courant.com, "Brooks Koepka never got lost on his long winding road to the top of the golf world," 10 June 2019 The little spiked tykes aren’t common to the home kitchen. Bill St. John, The Denver Post, "Preparing uni and lobster," 19 June 2019 Guests under 4-feet tall can try out the tykes course. Lauren Mccutcheon, https://www.inquirer.com, "Family fun in Philadelphia: Dinosaurs on the Parkway, zipline at the zoo, JoJo Siwa, Apollo 11 festivities, Cirque," 5 June 2019 The Cheat Sheet reports that Tony was only 8 and Andrew was just 6 when they were first hired, and the two have grown up right before viewers' very eyes, from young tykes to quarreling teens. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "These 'Blue Bloods' Stars Are Actually Related in Real Life," 4 Jan. 2019 The plush horse has fun sound effects, a beautiful design, and a padded seat to help your tyke safely sit up. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "The Best Toys and Gadgets for Keeping Kids Active," 2 Dec. 2015

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First Known Use of tyke

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

History and Etymology for tyke

Middle English tyke, from Old Norse tīk bitch; akin to Middle Low German tīke bitch

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English Language Learners Definition of tyke

: a small child
British : a person from Yorkshire

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