Dyke vs Sike - What's the difference?
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
Variant of (dike).
(Australia, slang) A toilet.
(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.
- 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.
; 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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From the northern form of (etyl) (see (sitch)), from (etyl). Cognate with Norwegian sik. Compare (m).
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
Variant of (siche).
(archaic) To sigh or sob.
Variant of (psych).
(slang) Indicating that one's preceding statement was false and that one has successfully fooled ("psyched out") one's interlocutor.