Definition of tyke in English:


(also tike)


  • 1informal A small child, especially a cheeky or mischievous one.

    ‘is the little tyke up to his tricks again?’
    • ‘Her mom turned her down at first, she hadn't the money to sign her up, but Mrs Deterville, recognizing the young tyke's determination and interest told her not to bother about the cash.’
    • ‘When I was first introduced to this game, I was but a young tyke, being weaned on fighters and sports simulation games.’
    • ‘‘They were these fabulous-looking kids from Bromley and Edgeware, suburban tykes with an extreme sense of style who were on the make and, as a result, broke through,’ York says.’
    • ‘It is labeled as being appropriate for kids over seven, and I'd be hard pressed to find many instances where it wouldn't be able to be viewed by even smaller tykes who like to see a gang of kids save the galaxy by turning into robotic dinosaurs.’
    • ‘Much as that pun is tired, it sure is cute when this little tyke says it!’
    • ‘Hey, not all kids are irrepressible, mischievous, restless tykes!’
    • ‘Adults dig the clever scripts and inside jokes, while little tykes think the girls are adorable and thrill to their fast-paced adventures.’
    • ‘He often surrounds himself with tykes, and buses in terminally ill children to play at his sprawling Neverland Valley ranch north of Los Angeles.’
    • ‘The place was deserted, save for myriad squirrels, but I found that some young tykes had tangled up the swings, so I did my bit for community service and untangled them.’
    • ‘I found several new high tech products on the market designed to help you keep tabs on your tikes.’
    • ‘Begay Jr., paints a vivid picture of a young tyke begging his father to take him on his regular three-mile run.’
    • ‘Brothers Tim and David Dang have poured their proclivities for fanciful imaginings and arty doodles into a sharply drawn comic for kids, Brilliant Boy, about a handful of precocious tykes and their G-rated misadventures.’
    • ‘Anyway, they reopened his school this morning and the little tyke went to school and I hope he is having a lot of fun!’
    • ‘If so, I'll happily settle into middle age and grump at the advertising people pandering to those young tykes with no respect.’
    • ‘Whilst trying to make the melodies inaccessible, these cheeky tykes from Ozzy's old home city have only gone and made them all the more appealing.’
    • ‘And Teen Beat aficionados - and I count myself among them - won't miss one young tike who looks mighty familiar.’
    • ‘He claims to hate his celebrity status, yet he is Hollywood's A-list party boy, a generous tyke with an eye for beautiful people and good times, who likes to play with the press and paparazzi while despising their every move.’
    • ‘It thus produces a weiner that sprawls across the plate like an octopus, pleasing the young tykes aesthetically while also reducing the choking hazard.’
    • ‘He is a cute little tyke, and he has many endearing moments, and I really do love him, but I just wanted to shake him today.’
    • ‘The little tykes arrived at 9.30 am and we changed each one into a bright red shirt with the ‘Incredibles’ logo on the front.’
    rascal, scamp, monkey, fiend, demon, devil, mischief-maker, troublemaker, prankster, rogue, wretch, brat, urchin, whippersnapper, tearaway
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    1. 1.1Canadian [usually as modifier]An initiation level of sports competition for young children.
      ‘tyke hockey’
      • ‘It traces Little League to its roots in 1939 and offers lots of photos and displays of uniforms and caps worn by tyke players over the years.’
      • ‘These tiny lads were barely past tyke stage and were costumed in huge, puffy, fuzzy, brightly colored bee suits with little matching caps and antennae.’
  • 2British dated An unpleasant or coarse man.

    • ‘But as the years went on and he started receiving close to 1,000 spam e-mails a day, this determined tyke decided to take action.’
    • ‘This spunky St-Michel tyke has been working the local wrestling circuit for the past five years and has been fanatical about pro-wrestling since childhood.’
  • 3A dog, especially a mongrel.

    • ‘It hasn't helped either asking dog owners to carry a plastic bag to pick up any poo their tyke drops.’
    hound, canine, mongrel, cur, tyke
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  • 4British informal A person from Yorkshire.

    ‘Geordies and tykes have never got on particularly well’
    • ‘Us Yorkshire tykes are renowned for being friendly.’
    • ‘if you want to meet and network with your fellow Yorkshire tykes then join the Yorkshire academy here’
    • ‘Sweet making giant Cadbury has been accused of tampering with the taste buds of Yorkshire tykes.’
    • ‘You would of thought all us Yorkshire tykes would of snapped them up by now!’
    • ‘With the crowds all gathered around, Vic invited local people to pledge their allegiance with more than 100 people stepped up to pledge their allegiance, receiving certificates for being true Yorkshire tykes, white roses and a stick of good old Dewsbury on Sea rock.’
    • ‘The secret's out, as the 4,000 sweaty Mancs who witness the Yorkshire tykes triumph will tell you.’
    • ‘Maybe we Yorkshire tykes should exchange info on what's happening locally - a lot of green stuff seems to be going on in large towns/cities a long way from here!’
  • 5Australian NZ informal, derogatory A Roman Catholic.


Late Middle English ( tyke tyke): from Old Norse tík bitch.