\ 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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adopted a lovable tyke from the local animal shelter
Recent Examples on the Web Ticket sales only represent a portion of the show’s success, with merchandise bought for little tykes another key component. Washington Post, "Baby Shark run continues with new tour dates," 19 Nov. 2019 After a standout performance last week, in Episode 3 Baby Yoda makes the eponymous bounty hunter (Pedro Pascal) seem a little more human and likable, after the Mando refuses to hand over the tyke to his sketchy client (Werner Herzog). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Baby Yoda is the adorable, big-eared savior of Disney+'s 'The Mandalorian'," 22 Nov. 2019 For the littlest travelers who don’t yet need a plane seat, invest in a back-saving baby carrier like the Ergobaby 360, which can hold tykes that weigh between 12 and 45 pounds. Juliet Izon, Condé Nast Traveler, "9 Items That Make Flying Alone With Kids Less Stressful," 10 Mar. 2020 Kid-friendliness: Child-size hibachi meals and simple maki are sure to please adventurous tykes. Beth Segal, cleveland, "Ninja Sushi and Hibachi: Finding fine sushi on Lake Erie shores," 3 Jan. 2020 Months after its release, the concept still stuns: a cute little tyke, who happens to be in the Hitler Youth, dreams up the Führer as an imaginary friend. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "Oscars 2020 Spotlight: Best Picture," 7 Feb. 2020 This ergonomic hip carrier is great for babies who love to take in the scenery, along with tykes who may have outgrown the traditional front or back carrier. Popular Science, "Keep your baby close with these snug and secure carriers," 14 Jan. 2020 Aside from watching little tykes get tossed — the longest ride was 15 yards — there’s no better entertainment than seeing a pair of shepherds go sideline to sideline while herding wayward sheep. Matt Schubert, The Denver Post, "Broncos up-down drill: Best and worst performances against the Raiders," 29 Dec. 2019 There was no shortage of kids at the show, and plenty of family photos were taken of tykes tenuously positioned in front of untouchable vehicles. John Maccormack, ExpressNews.com, "‘Selena car’ among the attractions at San Antonio’s Lowlow Carshow," 29 Sep. 2019

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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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The first known use of tyke was in the 15th century

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“Tyke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyke. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of tyke

: a small child
British : a person from Yorkshire

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