\ ˈtīk How to pronounce tyke (audio) \
variants: or less commonly tike

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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Examples of tyke in a Sentence

adopted a lovable tyke from the local animal shelter
Recent Examples on the Web This is also where your creativity can shine, and your little tyke will look so cute all dressed up. Katie Bowlby, Country Living, 3 Aug. 2022 Baker’s photograph as a tyke with a Giants batting helmet was used as his scoreboard profile photo Tuesday. Marc Bona, cleveland, 26 July 2022 The show is sweet and funny for the tyke (and the parents forced to watch the episodes a dozen or so times). Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, 13 July 2022 But no, actually Madison is kidnapping baby Mo to take the little tyke to PADRE, the secret base that Alicia (Alycia Debnam-Carey) has been looking for in her fever state for half the season. Erik Kain, Forbes, 8 June 2022 Last week, Cardi and Offset shared some happy personal news with fans by finally revealing the name of their new son, Wave, along with adorable pictures of the tyke more than seven months after welcoming him on Sept. 4. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, 20 Apr. 2022 Hershel then did the post-apocalyptic math and figured out that Negan was the man who killed Glenn, leading the tyke to pull a gun on the guy who had just saved him. Dalton Ross, EW.com, 28 Mar. 2022 For the Woodland Explorer Their family moved upstate during the pandemic and never moved back, so this tyke has swapped his MetroCard for a compass and hiking boots. Chloe Malle, Vogue, 4 Dec. 2021 Like a suburban-tyke Norman Bates!), never seems like an actual person. Owen Gleiberman, Variety, 17 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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10 Aug 2022

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“Tyke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyke. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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