kid

noun
\ˈkid \

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 \ adjective

Verb (1)

kidder noun
kiddingly \ ˈki-​diŋ-​lē \ adverb

Synonyms & Antonyms for kid

Synonyms: Noun

bairn [chiefly Scottish], bambino, bud, chap [Southern & Midland], chick, child, cub, juvenile, kiddie (also kiddy), kiddo, moppet, sprat, sprout, squirt, whelp, youngling, youngster, youth

Antonyms: Noun

adult, grown-up

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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

Unsworth cautioned them that flooding from Northern Thailand’s monsoon season can last into winter, raising the possibility that the kids and their guardians would be perched on the cold, dripping slope for five months. Shibani Mahtani, Washington Post, "‘Time is running out’: Inside the treacherous rescue of boys trapped in a Thai cave," 13 July 2018 This could be seriously detrimental to the mental health of the kids and parents involved. Nina Bahadur, SELF, "6 Impactful Ways to Help Migrant Families Separated at the Border," 13 July 2018 All ages — kids & adults — are encouraged to participate, learn and discover. Mary Lou Cruz, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Boca Raton area events July 18-28," 13 July 2018 The police report says White told the officer someone had threatened his family and kids. CBS News, "Sporting goods store chain fires manager NRA calls "hero"," 12 July 2018 Riley has cast it perfectly with a host of total weirdos, cool kids and cool weirdos. Katie Walsh, kansascity, "‘Sorry to Bother You’ skewers corporate and cultural corruption," 12 July 2018 Not every joke lands, but there’s so much silliness that kids and like-minded adults will get in plenty of giggles. Kimber Walsh, latimes.com, "Review: 'Hotel Transylvania 3: Summer Vacation' hits the open seas with its creature comforts intact," 12 July 2018 The lines at Louisville’s lone Build-A-Bear shop were downright ... un-bear-able ... in the morning as kids and parents lined up around the block to take advantage of the unprecedented single-day promotion. Lucas Aulbach, The Courier-Journal, "Build-A-Bear promotion made families wait hours – and then it closed," 12 July 2018 Finding a camper van suitable for kids and gear is precisely the challenge my family faced. Megan Barber, Curbed, "This custom camper van can sleep a family of 6," 11 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Come for me’ But for Janet, the thought of her kid brother being sent into combat was too much to bear. Jeremy Roebuck, Philly.com, "Ex-child soldiers say Delco man turned them into killers," 19 June 2018 Their kid sister, age 4, asked why everything was different. Dan Gorenstein, Washington Post, "Choosing Between Death And Deportation," 22 May 2018 Take the case of my kid brother, Jack, who worked one summer in the 1980s as a house painter. Mike Kerrigan, WSJ, "Summer Jobs Teach Real-World Lessons," 31 May 2018 Also, owner Scott Fisher prides himself on the safety of all his products, especially kid-favorite drones and hoverboards. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Toys R Us is closing. Visit these Milwaukee-area stores for your toy needs.," 15 Mar. 2018 Peyton seemed genuinely impressed with his kid brother's devil-may-care attitude. Dwight Adams, Indianapolis Star, "Remember the 'Dirty Dancing' ad in the Super Bowl? Peyton Manning dissected brother Eli's moves," 27 Feb. 2018 Shout out to my kid sis @desmondisamazing on his NYFW runway debut for @gypsysport — 10 years old and already serving. . . . . . Eileen Reslen, Cosmopolitan, "A 10-Year-Old "Drag Kid" Just Stole the Show at New York Fashion Week," 12 Feb. 2018 Their talent should be the real driving factor in attracting crowds, not the controversial appointment of Gary Neville's kid brother. SI.com, "Phil Neville's Hiring as England Manager is an Insult to the Women's Team," 24 Jan. 2018 Her father was arrested for the killing of her mother but has since been released, and her kid sister Abby has been placed in foster care with a Philadelphia family. David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Night Comes On': Film Review | Sundance 2018," 23 Jan. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

The model rang in 23 with an extravagant party, complete with a photo booth, Michael Jordan cake (not kidding), and her own Snapchat filter. Alex Warner, Marie Claire, "Gigi Hadid Celebrated Her Golden Birthday in Gold," 24 Apr. 2018 Growing up, when other kids his age were goofing off with each other, the rapper born Darold Ferguson Jr. was instead shadowing his father, who owned a Harlem boutique and designed the iconic Bad Boy Records logo. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "ASAP Ferg has taken everything — rap music, fashion, hype — by storm," 12 July 2018 Unfortunately her mom was kidding and the girl had to kiss her beau goodbye—and give up the dream of rebooting the Andrew McCarthy/Kim Cattrall classic film, Mannequin forever. Melissa Locker, Time, "Little Girl Who Has Instant Rapport With Mannequin Boy Refuses to Leave Store," 19 June 2018 No goals and the only highlights of the half are the two Belgium yellows, a mockery of the notion of fair play that will not go unpunished when the history of this tournament is writ .... kidding. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018 Bill Cosby kidding about Spanish Fly is not so funny anymore. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 Jane loved the roadside attraction exhibit, which includes a part of a Philadelphia public transit bus, which kids board. Ed Condran, courant.com, "Philadelphia Emerges As Colorful Travel Destination," 24 June 2018 Just kidding: There's definitely crying in the video. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "‘Bachelor’ Fans Are Losing It Over Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's Unexpected Love Story," 23 May 2018 Just kidding, but really, that might be the future if Facebook’s vision for social VR comes to fruition. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Virtual Insanity of F8," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just kidding: There's definitely crying in the video. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "‘Bachelor’ Fans Are Losing It Over Ashley Iaconetti and Jared Haibon's Unexpected Love Story," 23 May 2018 Growing up, when other kids his age were goofing off with each other, the rapper born Darold Ferguson Jr. was instead shadowing his father, who owned a Harlem boutique and designed the iconic Bad Boy Records logo. Dan Hyman, chicagotribune.com, "ASAP Ferg has taken everything — rap music, fashion, hype — by storm," 12 July 2018 Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky weren't kidding about getting tattoos, apparently. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "The Washington Capitals haven't stopped partying since winning the Stanley Cup," 9 June 2018 Benjamin Hernandez isn't kidding himself about his chances of winning a seat in Congress. Jeremy Wallace, Houston Chronicle, "Candidate with 'no chance in hell' running for Congress in Houston," 25 Apr. 2018 Herzfeld grew up in Queens, New York, as a musical theater kid herself, and went on to study at the New York University Tisch School of the Arts. Jennifer Calfas, Time, "Meet the Parkland Teacher Behind That Emotional Performance at the Tony Awards," 10 June 2018 Just kidding, but really, that might be the future if Facebook’s vision for social VR comes to fruition. Wired Staff, WIRED, "The Virtual Insanity of F8," 4 May 2018 Bill Cosby kidding about Spanish Fly is not so funny anymore. Josie Duffy Rice, The Atlantic, "The Gospel According to Pusha T," 12 July 2018 No goals and the only highlights of the half are the two Belgium yellows, a mockery of the notion of fair play that will not go unpunished when the history of this tournament is writ .... kidding. Andrew Das, New York Times, "Belgium Beats England, but Faces Tougher World Cup Bracket," 29 June 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'kid.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

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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

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

Adjective

see kid entry 1

Verb (1)

probably from kid entry 1

Verb (2)

see kid entry 1

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

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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)

: younger

kid

noun
\ˈkid \

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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