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kid

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noun \ˈkid\

Simple Definition of kid

  • : a son or daughter

  • : a young person

  • : a young goat

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kid

  1. 1 a :  a young goat b :  a young individual of various animals related to the goat

  2. 2 a :  the flesh, fur, or skin of a kid b :  something made of kid

  3. 3 :  a young person; especially :  child —often used as a generalized reference to one especially younger or less experienced <the kid on the pro golf tour> <poor kid>

kiddish

play \ˈki-dish\ adjective

Examples of kid in a sentence

  1. She has to leave early and pick up her kids at school.

  2. He has a wife and two kids.

  3. I wish I could do something to help that poor kid.



Is the word kid slang?

Some people worry that kid, when used of a child rather than a juvenile goat, is either slang or too colloquial to merit acceptance in standard English.

The fact is that we have been using kid to refer to a child that is human, rather than goatish, for more than three hundred years now. The Oxford English Dictionary notes that although this word was considered “low slang” when it first began being used, it had entered “familiar speech” by the 19th century.

In contemporary English, kid is neither slang nor improper. It is, however, most definitely informal, so those writing professionally or in a formal register might prefer to use child.

Origin and Etymology of kid

Middle English kide, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse kith kid


First Known Use: 13th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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kid

verb

Definition of kid

kidded

kidding

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  to bring forth young —used of a goat or an antelope



15th Century

First Known Use of kid

15th century

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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kid

adjective

Simple Definition of kid

  • : younger

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of kid

  1. :  younger <my kid brother>

1895

First Known Use of kid

1895


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kid

verb

Definition of kid

kidded

kidding

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to deceive as a joke <it's the truth; I wouldn't kid you> b :  to fail to admit the truth to <they're kidding themselves>

  3. 2 :  to make fun of

  4. intransitive verb
  5. :  to engage in good-humored fooling or horseplay —often used with around

kidder

noun

kiddingly

play \ˈki-diŋ-lē\ adverb


Origin and Etymology of kid

probably from 1kid


First Known Use: circa 1873

Rhymes with kid



KID Defined for Kids

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kid

play
noun \ˈkid\

Definition of kid for Students

  1. 1 :  child

  2. 2 :  a young goat or a related animal

  3. 3 :  the flesh, fur, or skin of a young goat or related animal or something (as leather) made from one of these




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kid

play
verb

Definition of kid for Students

kidded

kidding

  1. 1 :  to deceive or trick as a joke <We're having a test? No, I'm just kidding.>

  2. 2 :  1tease 1 <We kidded him about his new girlfriend.>

kidder

noun




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