kid

noun
\ ˈkid How to pronounce kid (audio) \

Definition of kid

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : a young person kids in high school especially : child a married couple with two kids often used as a generalized reference to one especially younger or less experienced the kid on the pro golf tour you poor kid
2a : a young goat
b : a young individual of various animals related to the goat
3a : the flesh, fur, or skin of a young goat
b : something (such as leather) made of the fur or skin of a young goat gloves made of kid

kid

adjective

Definition of kid (Entry 2 of 4)

: younger my kid brother his kid sister

kid

verb (1)
kidded; kidding

Definition of kid (Entry 3 of 4)

transitive verb

1a : to deceive (someone) as a joke : to say untrue things to (someone) in a playful or joking way It's the truth; I wouldn't kid you. You've got to be kidding me. I kid you not.
b : to fail to admit the truth to (someone) They're kidding themselves if they think they can win.
2 : to gently criticize or tease (someone) in a friendly or good-humored way We kidded her about her old car.

intransitive verb

: to engage in good-humored fooling or horseplay He was just kidding with you. often used with around She enjoys kidding around with her friends.

kid

verb (2)
kidded; kidding

Definition of kid (Entry 4 of 4)

intransitive verb

: to bring forth young used of a goat or an antelope

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Other Words from kid

Noun

kiddish \ ˈki-​dish How to pronounce kid (audio) \ adjective

Verb (1)

kidder noun
kiddingly \ ˈki-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce kid (audio) \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for kid

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Is the word kid slang?

Noun

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.

Examples of kid in a Sentence

Noun She has to leave early and pick up her kids at school. He has a wife and two kids. I wish I could do something to help that poor kid.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The most kid-friendly trek in this sector is the Long Point Trail, an easy 1.6-mile stroll to a hilltop overlook of both bridge and gorge. Mark Johanson, CNN, 31 May 2021 Shallow shelves above the counter display books face-forward as kid-friendly art. Samantha S. Thorpe, Better Homes & Gardens, 28 May 2021 The kid-friendly science museum’s L.A. and O.C. locations reopen to the public Friday. Los Angeles Times, 28 May 2021 Don’t mind if your kids run on it For those with children, getting something a bit more kid-friendly is imperative. Tim Kohut, BGR, 25 May 2021 Betty Crocker’s new cookie- and cupcake-baking kits will include mix, frosting, toppings and liners, in kid-friendly themes such as dinosaur, rainbow, galaxy and unicorn. Ellen Byron, WSJ, 25 May 2021 Over summer break, my sister and I would create elegant buffets of leftover bola-bola, French fries, Ranch, and Hi-C for a kid-friendly, finger food luncheon that I wouldn’t be disappointed to sit down to today. Arlyn Osborne, Bon Appétit, 25 May 2021 Our supposedly kid-friendly state is only meeting a third of its child-care needs. Robert Gehrke, The Salt Lake Tribune, 23 May 2021 The program is also kid-friendly, so parents can work remotely while the kids experience educational activities. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 22 May 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But there are naysayers who claim the director is too kid-obsessed forgetting this masterpiece, in which children are nothing but shark chum? Chris Hewitt, Star Tribune, 2 June 2021 The surviving members of the Abbott family are visibly older—mainly the sister, Regan ( Millicent Simmonds ), and her kid brother, Marcus ( Noah Jupe )—but nothing is made of that, which is perfectly fine. Joe Morgenstern, WSJ, 27 May 2021 Though the book was written by Catherine Storr with kid readers in mind, the film will probably seem too dark and scary for most younger viewers. Keith Phipps, Vulture, 26 May 2021 The brand’s easy-going, nonchalant cool-kid vibe was quickly recognized and adopted by the glitterati, and Tubici’s designs have subsequently been spotted on the who’s who in the world of fashion. Angela Lei, Forbes, 8 Apr. 2021 As adults, Lutzius helped his kid brother relocate to Southern California, inviting him, his wife and their two cats to stay at his home in Harbor City. San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 May 2021 The players were able to gain experience by participating in several kid-pitch games during the second half of the season. Alex Kushel, sun-sentinel.com, 20 May 2021 But crawling into the head and voice and life of this kid narrator is where King especially excels. Stephen Graham Jones Washington Post, Star Tribune, 15 Mar. 2021 Longtime viewers see its panelists as family members, and Gutfeld’s role is the kid brother who always has a cutting remark at the ready. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 5 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t kid yourself, the Wilfs made their billions in real estate development and no doubt see the vast potential in developing the land around their stadium. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 11 May 2021 The duo have been super cute on social media, and their co-stars love to kid them about their relationship. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 30 Apr. 2021 That would engender an expansion in the demand for fossil fuels; do not kid yourself that unconventional energy can satisfy that demand shift at competitive costs either now or over the foreseeable future. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 15 Apr. 2021 Murphy, who oversaw the visitors’ clubhouse for part of Lasorda’s career and remembers him as a regular in North Beach, befriended Frank Sinatra and would kid Lasorda about Sinatra’s allegiance. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, 8 Jan. 2021 Don’t kid yourself that this contempt travels only in one direction, up the chain of command. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 As for the Vikings, don't kid yourself, Kirk Cousins fans. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 23 Oct. 2020 Do not kid yourself, ladies and gentlemen, this is literally and figuratively the ultimate game of political football. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2020 Having said that, anyone who believes that future Republican leaders can simply roll the clock back to the spring of 2015, with regard to foreign policy as well as much else, is kidding himself. Colin Dueck, National Review, 21 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t kid yourself, the Wilfs made their billions in real estate development and no doubt see the vast potential in developing the land around their stadium. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 11 May 2021 The duo have been super cute on social media, and their co-stars love to kid them about their relationship. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, 30 Apr. 2021 That would engender an expansion in the demand for fossil fuels; do not kid yourself that unconventional energy can satisfy that demand shift at competitive costs either now or over the foreseeable future. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, 15 Apr. 2021 Murphy, who oversaw the visitors’ clubhouse for part of Lasorda’s career and remembers him as a regular in North Beach, befriended Frank Sinatra and would kid Lasorda about Sinatra’s allegiance. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, 8 Jan. 2021 Don’t kid yourself that this contempt travels only in one direction, up the chain of command. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, 4 Dec. 2020 As for the Vikings, don't kid yourself, Kirk Cousins fans. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, 23 Oct. 2020 Do not kid yourself, ladies and gentlemen, this is literally and figuratively the ultimate game of political football. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, 2 Sep. 2020 Just kidding, but my love for these boots (and boots in general) is no joke. Georgina Kim, Glamour, 26 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kid

Noun

13th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2a

Adjective

1895, in the meaning defined above

Verb (1)

1901, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Verb (2)

15th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kid

Noun, Adjective, and Verb (2)

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

Verb (1)

probably from kid entry 1

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Time Traveler for kid

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The first known use of kid was in the 13th century

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Last Updated

5 Jun 2021

Cite this Entry

“Kid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kid. Accessed 13 Jun. 2021.

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More Definitions for kid

kid

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a son or daughter
: a young person
: a young goat

kid

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of kid (Entry 2 of 2)

chiefly US, informal : younger

kid

noun
\ ˈkid How to pronounce kid (audio) \

Kids Definition of kid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

kid

verb
kidded; kidding

Kids Definition of kid (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : to deceive or trick as a joke We're having a test? No, I'm just kidding.
2 : tease entry 1 sense 1 We kidded him about his new girlfriend.

Other Words from kid

kidder noun

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