\ 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 In the comments section of the post, an array of fans shared celebratory messages with Wyatt, as many also couldn't help but point out the similarities between the tyke and his famous dad. Nicholas Rice, PEOPLE.com, "Anderson Cooper Celebrates 'Sweet' and 'Kind' Son Wyatt on His First Birthday," 27 Apr. 2021 Those exchanges seldom last, however, as the episodes pretty quickly move on to situations like Al getting his driver's license, or trying to convince Riley's defiant tyke to eat her spinach. Brian Lowry, CNN, "'United States of Al' has good intentions, but not many laughs," 1 Apr. 2021 One Minnesota tyke served for two terms before getting ousted at the age of five. Popsci Staff, Popular Science, "The story behind the most fraudulent election in history," 28 Oct. 2020 Hear what the parents have to say and get the backstory of this aquatic tyke. Brett Harman, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 25 Sep. 2020 But the promo shows the lil' tyke coming out of hiding during Illyana's battle against one vicious Demon Bear, a villainous creature adapted directly from the Chris Claremont and Bill Sienkiewicz comics on which the blockbuster is based. Nick Romano, EW.com, "The New Mutants lets loose the dragon Lockheed in new teaser," 21 Aug. 2020 Jung began twirling as a tyke because her mother twirled. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sherry Daley Jung twirled in Kennedy's inaugural parade and on Ed Sullivan show, started the Daley Debutantes," 4 June 2020 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

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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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“Tyke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyke. Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of tyke

: a small child
British : a person from Yorkshire

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