\ 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

Definition of kid (Entry 2 of 4)

: younger my kid brother his kid sister
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 aroundShe enjoys kidding around with her friends.
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


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

Verb (1)

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for kid

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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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.

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 Under Armour apparel, footwear and accessories (starting at $8.19; Arm yourself for winter workouts with discounts on men's, women's and kids' apparel, footwear and accessories from Under Armour. Staff, CNN Underscored, "The best early Cyber Monday deals to shop on Amazon," 1 Dec. 2019 The workshop on Saturday benefited the San Antonio Ballet School and Youth Ballet’s outreach program that teaches kids in South San Antonio and San Antonio independent school districts. Krista Torralva,, "San Antonio woman, a singer and dancer with Taylor Swift, gives back to community’s performing arts," 30 Nov. 2019 What a special night tonight that kid is going to be able to tell his children and grandchildren. Kyle Neddenriep, Indianapolis Star, "Special New Palestine senior class cements legacy with another state title," 30 Nov. 2019 Fans of Hussle and the brand can buy t-shirts, hoodies, sweatshirts, and accessories for men, women and kids. Paula Rogo, Essence, "Nipsey Hussle's Marathon Clothing To Open Pop-Up Store In NYC For Black Friday," 28 Nov. 2019 Dad Prince William revealed that his two eldest kids love swimming, while conducting an investiture ceremony at Buckingham Palace this week. Amy Mackelden, Harper's BAZAAR, "Princess Charlotte and Prince George Swim "Quite Well," According to Prince William," 27 Nov. 2019 The film was an indictment of the American dream, the farce perpetuated by a system that chews up and spits out kids like these. Dipti S. Barot, Longreads, "Thumbing a Ride: What I Learned from Siskel and Ebert," 26 Nov. 2019 These come in different sizes and have features to match children's age and stage, such as a hand slot for parents to guide kids ages 3 to 5. The Good Housekeeping Institute, Good Housekeeping, "GH Tested: Huffy Quick Connect Bikes," 26 Nov. 2019 Rates for adults will be $90 and kids 3-12 cost $78. Danika Worthington, The Know, "15 local Cyber Monday deals that’ll let you explore Colorado," 26 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective There will be kid’s games and activities including a touch-a-truck during the Farmer’s Market. Annie Alleman,, "Northwest suburban fall, Halloween events abound," 10 Sep. 2019 For those with little ones, the hotel not only offers villas with multiple bedrooms, but also a kid spa, family cooking classes, and even kid yoga. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where to Stay and What to Do in Santorini—For Those Not On Their Honeymoon," 28 May 2019 Giants prospect Jacob Heyward, kid brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected for arguing a call by a robot umpire. John Shea,, "Robo umps need work: Giants prospect Jacob Heyward ejected after bad call," 19 Oct. 2019 Green and yellow bell peppers are kid pleasers in Packers colors. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skip the PB&J and pack a Wisconsin school lunch inspired by tailgating, Kwik Trip and the State Fair," 10 Sep. 2019 While Champ played in 215 NFL regular-season games, his kid brother wasn’t so fortunate. Mark Kiszla, The Denver Post, "Kiszla: Here’s one reason Champ Bailey is more remarkable than many football legends in the Hall of Fame," 2 Aug. 2019 But kid sister was never a label embraced inside Madewell's Long Island City, New York, headquarters. Rachel Epstein, Marie Claire, "Libby Wadle Is Madewell's Secret Weapon," 22 July 2019 The owners plan to hold bachelorette parties, decorating classes, and kid birthday parties. Karen Pilarski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "C. Adams Bakery owners want to open a dessert bakery in Wauwatosa," 21 June 2019 Most of those things really have to do with two things: Trying to make their kid act in ways that are consistent with traditional gender roles or to suppress any sort of gender diversity. Teen Vogue, "Inside the Fight to Ban Conversion Therapy for LGBTQ Youth Through State Laws," 14 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Line: Spartans by 20½. Chris Solari Don’t kid yourself, things are bad for MSU. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State won't lose to Rutgers, right? Can Michigan football avoid Indiana letdown?," 22 Nov. 2019 Don’t ever kid yourself into thinking, a great coach can make up for a flawed roster. Mike Bianchi,, "Stan Van Gundy: Magic are lost without Nikola Vucevic | Commentary," 20 Nov. 2019 Just kidding: Though a sizeable majority of all Americans under 65 still have Facebook accounts, 44 percent of users between 18 and 29 deleted the app from their phones in 2018. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "What Is Facebook Dating For?," 2 Oct. 2019 Dixon’s you-gotta-be-kidding-me face alone is a comic study in disbelief. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "‘Rastus and Hattie’ at Cleveland Public Theatre a tough, darkly funny take on race and America’s original sin," 21 Oct. 2019 Perhaps that means that Facebook is kidding, or hasn’t thought things through, or is not really planning for Libra to be a meaningful medium of exchange. Casey Newton, The Verge, "A Facebook civil rights audit could have unintended consequences," 2 July 2019 All kidding aside, there is some question about why Newton still isn't throwing deep even though he's supposedly healed and under no restrictions from the coaching staff following arthroscopic surgery in January. Steve Reed,, "Cam Newton still getting questioned about lack of deep passes," 11 Sep. 2019 All kidding aside, Wisconsin does have disproportionate representation in the series. Dave Kallmann, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "The IndyCar paddock is full of Cheeseheads, don'tcha know," 21 June 2019 Hicks, kidding aside, is glad to see Jones back in the hitting spirit. Chris Nelsen, Detroit Free Press, "JaCoby Jones has been Tigers best hitter for 2 weeks. Here's his secret," 7 June 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t ever kid yourself into thinking, a great coach can make up for a flawed roster. Mike Bianchi,, "Stan Van Gundy: Magic are lost without Nikola Vucevic | Commentary," 20 Nov. 2019 Dixon’s you-gotta-be-kidding-me face alone is a comic study in disbelief. Andrea Simakis, cleveland, "‘Rastus and Hattie’ at Cleveland Public Theatre a tough, darkly funny take on race and America’s original sin," 21 Oct. 2019 Someone should alert our courts that the framers were just kidding about clauses 4 and 8 of Article I, Section 8. Oren Cass, National Review, "There’s More to Life Than Liberty and Robbery," 20 Nov. 2019 Stone's lawyer, Bruce Rogow, told jurors in his opening statement that his client was just kidding around with Credico. NBC News, "Roger Stone trial goes off the rails as jury ordered not to watch 'The Godfather'," 7 Nov. 2019 Just kidding, stay for the details: an 8-ounce dry-aged chuck patty topped with applewood bacon, arugula, onions caramelized in bacon fat, and both Gruyère and blue cheese, all piled on an oblong French roll. Aliza Abarbanel, Bon Appétit, "In the Age of Smash Burger Supremacy, the Office Burger Still Reigns," 6 Nov. 2019 Polestar says the design emphasis was always on the front-seat occupants, and the company isn't kidding. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "The Polestar 1 is a turbocharged, supercharged, plug-in hybrid enigma," 5 Nov. 2019 Just kidding, it’s safety, although enjoying yourself is a very close second. Gigi Engle, SELF, "How to Use a Cock Ring, Just in Case You Were Wondering," 12 July 2019 All kidding aside, the reaction to this moment has been decidedly mixed. Cheryl Wischhover, Vox, "The problem with Bradley Cooper asking Lady Gaga to go makeup-free in A Star Is Born," 9 Oct. 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


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


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

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4 Dec 2019

Cite this Entry

“Kid.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 11 December 2019.

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How to pronounce kid (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kid

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

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

chiefly US, informal : younger


\ 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


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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