Dyke vs Sike - What's the difference?

dyke | sike |

As a noun dyke

is or dyke can be (slang|pejorative) a lesbian, particularly one who appears macho or acts in a macho manner this word has been reclaimed, by some, as politically empowering (see usage notes).

As a verb sike is

3rd-person dual si-perfective neuter of .



(wikipedia dyke)

Etymology 1

Variant of (dike).


(en noun)
  • (Australia, slang) A toilet.
  • 1977 , In Cubbaroo's dim distant past
    They built a double dyke.
    Back to back in the yard it stood
    An architectural dream in wood''
    — Ian Slack-Smith, ''The Passing of the Twin Seater'', from ''The Cubbaroo Tales'', 1977. Quoted in ''Aussie Humour
    , Macmillan, 1988, ISBN 0-7251-0553-4, page 235.
  • (UK) A ditch (rarely also refers to similar natural features, and to one natural valley, Devil's Dyke, Sussex, due to a legend that the devil dug it).
  • (UK, mainly S England) An earthwork consisting of a ditch and a parallel rampart.
  • (British) An embankment to prevent inundation, or a causeway.
  • (UK, mainly Scotland and N England) A mound of earth, stone- or turf-faced, sometimes topped with hedge planting, or a hedge alone, used as a fence.
  • (UK, mainly Scotland and N England) A dry-stone wall usually forming a boundary to a wood, field or garden.
  • (British, geology) A body of once molten igneous rock that was injected into older rocks in a manner that crosses bedding planes.
  • Etymology 2

    ; various theories suggested. Attested US 1942, in Berrey and Van den Bark’s American Thesaurus of Slang''."dike, dyke, n.3" ''The Oxford English Dictionary . 2nd ed. 1989. OED Online. Oxford UP. 4 Apr. 2000 .
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    Derived terms
    * bulldyke



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    Alternative forms

    * syke

    Etymology 1

    From the northern form of (etyl) (see (sitch)), from (etyl). Cognate with Norwegian sik. Compare (m).


    (en noun)
  • A gutter or ditch; a small stream that frequently dries up in the summer.
  • The wind made wave the red weed on the dike. bedoven in dank deep was every sike . — A Scotch Winter Evening in 1512

    Etymology 2

    Variant of (siche).


  • (archaic) To sigh or sob.
  • Noun

    (en noun)
  • (archaic) A sigh.
  • Etymology 3

    Variant of (psych).


    (en interjection)
  • (slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled ("psyched out") one's interlocutor.
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