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TIKE, n.1 Also tyke, ty(c)k, teik(e); teck (Cai. 1921 T.S.D.C.), tek, tik (Sh.); ¶teek. [təik; I.Sc., Cai. tɛk]

1. A dog, gen. with contemptuous force, a hulking uncouth ill-bred dog, a cur (Sc. 1755 S. Johnson Dict., 1782 J. Sinclair Ob. Sc. Dial. 130; Sh. 1914 Angus Gl.; Per., Fif., Ayr. 1915–26 Wilson; Rxb. 1942 Zai). Gen.Sc., and in n.Eng. dial. Occas. applied to other ill-favoured or ill-conditioned animals, e.g. a sheep (Rxb. 1915 Jedburgh Gazette (27 Aug.) 2). Sc. c.1700  W. Thomson Orpheus Caled. (1733) I. 89:
And now he gaes drooping about the Dykes, And a' he dow do is to hund the Tykes.
Sc. 1736  Ramsay Proverbs (1776) 15:
As tired as a tike is of langkale.
w.Lth. 1768  W. Wilkie Fables 123:
O'er a dyke A herd came stending wi his tyke.
Ayr. 1786  Burns Twa Dogs 29–30:
He was a gash an' faithfu' tyke, As ever lap a sheugh or dyke.
Sc. 1816  Scott Black Dwarf vii.:
If ony mischance happen to the poor dumb tyke.
Slk. 1824  Hogg Justified Sinner (1874) 493:
It says nae muckle for ony o' ye to be tearing like tikes at ane anither here.
Abd. 1871  W. Alexander Johnny Gibb xxiv.:
They war forc't to skulk oot o' the parish, like as mony tykes wi' their tails atween their legs.
Knr. 1878  J. L. Robertson Poems 82:
His faithfu' collie, dune wi' daffin', Stood heedless o' the toon-tykes' yaffin'.
Kcb. 1901  R. Trotter Gall. Gossip 23:
He had a muckle tyke yt gaed wi him everygate.
Rxb. 1925  E. C. Smith Mang Howes 1:
Nurrin teikes snackin an yowfin an boochin.
Slg. 1932  W. D. Cocker Poems 77:
Come in ahint, ye wan'erin' tyke!
Edb. 1965  J. K. Annand Sing it Aince 30:
Collie dug and tyke.

Combs., phr. and deriv.: (1) tyke and tryke, in confusion, liggledy-piggledy (n.Sc. 1825 Jam.); (2) tyke-aul(d), -aal, very old (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 202; ne.Sc. 1972); (3) tyke dog, a rough cur, a mongrel; (4) tyke-hungry, as hungry as a dog, ravenous (Sc. 1825 Jam.); (5) tyke's pennyworth, a great bargain. Cf. Eng. ‡dog-cheap; (6) tyke-tired, -†tyrit, dog-tired, exhausted, worn-out (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). The form tig-tired is due to confusion with Tig; (7) tyke-tulyie, a ‘dog-fight', a wrangle, fracas, brawl (Sc. 1825 Jam.): (8) tykish, cur-like, coarse and boorish (Fif. c.1850 Peattie MS.). (2) Rxb. 1819  Scott Letters (Cent. Ed.) V. 299:
Before I die or get as we say in Teviotdale tyke-auld.
Ayr. 1826  Galt Last of Lairds xviii.:
I fear I'm tyke auld.
Abd. 1913  G. Greig Mains Again 7:
Ye're nae tyke-aul' yet.
Abd. 1955  W. P. Milne Eppie Elrick vii.:
Here's a tike-aal shargert breet o' a hen.
(3) Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xxxiv.:
A great debate concerning this tyke dog.
(5) Ags. 1857  A. Douglas Ferryden 65:
For less than that they'll no gae out o' my creel — they're a tyke's pennyworth at it.
(6) Dmf. 1769  Session Papers, Nicolson v. Nicolson (6 April 1770) 22:
I rode double, and sat so very uneasily coming home, that I am tike-tired.
Sc. 1803  in Scott Minstrelsy III. 363:
Quhan greits the wean, the nurse in vain Thoch tyke-tyrit, tries to sleip.
Ork. 1968  M. A. Scott Island Saga 146:
It was wearying work, and the men of North Ronaldsay were “tig-tired” of it.
(7) Sc. 1716  Analecta Scotica (Maidment 1837) II. 76:
No formall battles but mobs, or as he termed them Tyke Tullyes.

2. Fig. (1.) a term of reproach for a rough churlish person, a clumsy ill-mannered boor (Sc. 1825 Jam.; Cai. 1921 T.S.D.C.; Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Gen.Sc., also in n.Eng. dial. Sc. 1716  D. Warrand Culloden Papers (1925) II. 132:
The Tyck in the green string is G[eneral] C[adogan].
Abd. 1748  R. Forbes Ajax 19:
Fat gars you then, mischievous tyke! For this propine to prig?
Rnf. 1788  E. Picken Poems 148:
Hard is the fate o' ony doless tyke, That's forc'd to marry ane he disna like.
Dmf. 1822  Scots Mag. (May) 636:
Auld Glencaple, the greedy graceless tyke.
Lnk. 1838  J. Morrison McIlwham Papers iv.:
Ill-sweelt tyke that he is.
Rxb. 1847  J. Halliday Rustic Bard 131:
I hate the tattling, narrow-minded teek.
Ork. 1880  Dennison Sketch-Bk. 99:
Conf'und thee, muckel gluffis tike!
Kcb. 1895  Crockett Moss-Hags xliii.:
He was a weary-lookin' tyke.
Fif. 1896  G. Setoun R. Urquhart xxii.:
A feeing-fair quarrel between two men whom everybody knew to be rough tykes.
Ags. 1901  W. J. Milne Reminisc. 292:
Auld Clootie cam' hindmost, an awesome like tyke.
Bnff. 1924  Swatches o' Hamespun 37:
Ye coordy tyke.
Sc. 1931  J. Lorimer Red Sergeant xviii.:
Bein' free o' they tykes o' sodgers.
Gsw. 1972  Sunday Post (13 Aug.) 1:
Tykes, hooligans, louts and drunkards.

(2) used somewhat more playfully of a mischievous child or rather uncouth fellow (n.Sc. 1972). Also as a niclname. Sc. 1831  Wilson Noctes Amb. (1855) III. 228:
Mr. Tickler's a clear-headed tyke.
Sc. 1847  R. Chambers Pop. Rhymes 225:
A goo and a gitty, my bonny wee tyke, Ye's noo ha'e your four-oories.
Ags. 1894  J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 58:
You was a wild tyke o' a laddie.
Hdg. 1903  J. Lumsden Toorle 72:
We may look-out for a wheen o' the tykes being here aff haun', wi' horses wanting shaeing.
Sc. 1931  J. Lorimer Red Sergeant xix.:
My laddie, though ye're an awfu' tyke.
Abd. 1970  Deeside Field No. 6. 24:
Tarland challenged all comers. Hence the nickname “Tarland tykes.”

3. The otter, Lutra vulgaris (Sh. 1777 J. Lightfoot Flora Scot. I. 10, 1866 Edm. Gl., 1908 Jak. (1928)). Sh. 1744  T. Gifford Hist. Descr. Zetland (1879) 98:
There are many otters which they call Tikes.

[O.Sc. tyk. 1475, Mid.Eng. tyke, a dog, lit. and fig., O.N. tík, a female dog, a bitch.]

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