tyke

noun
\ 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

Synonyms

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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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 Which is to say nothing of professional bloggers’ posts, which often go into much greater detail with personal stories and direct quotes from precocious and adorable tykes. Michelle Ruiz, Vogue, "The One Question Parents Should Ask Themselves Before Posting Their Kids on Social Media," 14 Jan. 2019 For good measure, infant tyke Jack-Jack hilariously begins displaying his potential with incipient displays of Incredible behavior. Todd Mccarthy, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Incredibles 2': Film Review," 11 June 2018 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

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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

noun

English Language Learners Definition of tyke

informal
: a small child
British : a person from Yorkshire

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