sike [sahyk, sik] ExamplesWord Origin noun Scot. and North England.
- a small stream.
- a gully or ditch, especially one that fills with water after a heavy rain.
Also. Origin of sike 1300–50; Middle English Old Norse sīk small stream, ditch, pond, cognate with Old English sīc (now sitch) rill, Middle Low German sīk puddle; akin to Old High German seih urine, Old English sicerian to ooze Examples from the Web for sike Historical Examples of sike
Page 50, changed “even raughed” to “even laughed” and “Sike’s case” to “Sikes case.”
Tarn (a mountain pool), grain and sike (mountain streams) are also Scandinavian terms.
As to the name Well-syke, “sike” is an old term for a “beck,” or small running stream.
James Conway Walter
A very brief exercise of Mr. Sike’s art, sufficed to overcome the fastening of the lattice; and it soon stood wide open also.
If them as is left, should know waat’s coom tiv’un, there’ll be sike a revolution and rebel!
Word Origin and History for sike n.
also syke, “small stream,” a Scottish and Northern word, from Old English sic or cognate Old Norse sik “a ditch, trench.”