\ ˈtīk \
variants: or less commonly

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

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adopted a lovable tyke from the local animal shelter

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The last tykes from Winks with the Sphinx have been roused from dusty slumber and sent home. Stephan Salisbury, Philly.com, "Visit the Penn Museum's Sphinx this weekend, or wait another 4 to 6 years," 5 July 2018 The Gary Janetti Prince George meme premise: Janetti imagines Meghan Markle’s soon-to-be nephew, a.k.a.the world’s most recognizable little tyke, Prince George as a huge snob. Ashley Hoffman, Time, "This Instagram Series Uses Savage Prince George Memes to Troll Meghan Markle," 18 May 2018 The top baby names in Massachusetts in 2017 largely reflected national trends, as 393 babies in the Bay State were named Emma and 492 tykes were dubbed Benjamin, according to data released Thursday by the Social Security Administration. Jaclyn Reiss, BostonGlobe.com, "These were the top baby names in Massachusetts last year," 17 May 2018 Browse through the gallery above and get ready for some cuteness overload, then make plans to visit these cute tykes, as most should be ready for viewing over the summer. Susan B. Barnes, USA TODAY, "Baby zoo animals born in spring 2018," 17 May 2018 The kids' moms had their two tykes reunite for a play date about a week after the flight. Caitlin O'kane, CBS News, "Heartwarming photo of kids who met on an airplane goes viral, and now they've been reunited," 15 May 2018 There's no daycare involved, and no extra charge for bringing the tykes. Katie Parsons, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Moms get creative to carve out time to exercise," 21 Mar. 2018 Cuisine: Szechuan/Chinese Kid-friendliness: No children's menu, but fried rice and noodle dishes will interest adventurous tykes. Beth Segal, cleveland.com, "Szechuan Gourmet: Hot spot for hot pot and much more in Asiatown (photos)," 20 Apr. 2018 The touchscreen generation is a catchall term encompassing mostly toddlers and tykes, though an exception should be made for hockey’s band of tech-savvy bench bosses. Alex Prewitt, SI.com, "For NHL Teams and Players, iPads Have Become an Important Part of the Game," 17 Apr. 2018

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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

: a person from Yorkshire

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occurring twice a year or every two years

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