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kid

noun \ ˈkid \
Updated on: 12 Dec 2017

Definition of kid

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
2 a : a young goat
b : a young individual of various animals related to the goat
3 a : 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

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.

Recent Examples of kid from the Web

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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

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kid

adjective

Definition of kid

: younger
  • my kid brother
  • his kid sister

Recent Examples of kid from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of kid

see 1kid

Other Animal Husbandry Terms


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kid

verb

Definition of kid

kidded; kidding
transitive verb
1 a : 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.

kidder

noun

kiddingly

play \ˈki-diŋ-lē\ adverb

Recent Examples of kid from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of kid

probably from 1kid


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kid

verb

Definition of kid

kidded; kidding
intransitive verb
: to bring forth young used of a goat or an antelope

Recent Examples of kid from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of kid

see 1kid



KID Defined for English Language Learners

kid

noun

Definition of kid for English Language Learners

  • : a son or daughter

  • : a young person

  • : a young goat


kid

adjective

Definition of kid for English Language Learners

  • : younger


KID Defined for Kids

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kid

noun \ ˈkid \

Definition of kid for Students

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

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kid

verb

Definition of kid for Students

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

kidder

noun


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