variants or less commonly tike
: a small child
chiefly British : a clumsy, churlish, or eccentric person
: dog
especially : an inferior or mongrel dog

Examples of tyke in a Sentence

adopted a lovable tyke from the local animal shelter
Recent Examples on the Web The seminal Christmas comedy, which stars Macaulay Culkin as a burglar-thwarting tyke and O’Hara as his distressed mother, called for grueling stunt work, long night shoots and frigid filming conditions. Thomas Floyd, Washington Post, 13 Dec. 2023 For the tykes in your life, opt for this Lego brick box set that comes with more than 10,000 pieces. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 27 Nov. 2023 No part here is wasted or idly played: Even irresistible tyke Selim is button-cute but never cutesy, a full life and mind evident in her firework movements and off-on-her-own-beam responses. Guy Lodge, Variety, 14 Sep. 2023 Best Toy Prime Day Deals Holiday season is coming up shortly, and the little tykes in your life will likely be asking for some new toys to play with. Isabel Garcia, Peoplemag, 11 Oct. 2023 Shoppers can also pick up a number of games suitable for those tykes, like adorable Squishmallows that are as little as $15 as well as Barbie dolls. Amy Schulman, Peoplemag, 10 Oct. 2023 The appeal of these original strips isn’t based on watering itself down for the tykes or shoehorning in dirty jokes for the adults, but rather the kind of dynamic storytelling that can be appreciated in pretty much the same way by everyone, regardless of age or perspective. Gyasi Hall, Longreads, 12 Sep. 2023 The title tyke of Roald Dahl’s tale is a pint-size rabble-rouser who quickly wins friends at her new elementary school, and then captains a rebellion against the cruel headmistress, Miss Trunchbull, a villain who’s equal parts ice, vinegar and five o’clock shadow. oregonlive, 5 Sep. 2023 Here's how to enter the Gerber baby contest Parents and guardians can submit photos and videos of their tyke up to 4 years old for a chance at their child winning the 2023 title. Natalie Neysa Alund, USA TODAY, 2 June 2023 See More

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Word History


Middle English tyke, from Old Norse tīk bitch; akin to Middle Low German tīke bitch

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

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

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Cite this Entry

“Tyke.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/tyke. Accessed 23 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


variants also tike
: a small child
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