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

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

Noun

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?

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 Pennywise has these big, pointy teeth that terrified me as a kid. Reggie Ugwu, New York Times, "Making the Monsters of ‘Lovecraft Country’," 5 Oct. 2020 As a little kid on those adventures, Troy remembers the town’s roads being clogged with cars, trucks and boat trailers. Tony Kennedy, Star Tribune, "Duck-crazy Cottage Grove family lives to hunt," 3 Oct. 2020 So when Gyllenhaal posted a photo of himself as, quite literally, a little kid with glasses, Swift fans could not help but quote those lyrics in the comments. Emily Dixon, Marie Claire, "Taylor Swift Fans Are Flooding Jake Gyllenhaal's Instagram Comments," 30 Sep. 2020 Rivera first encountered the cake in El Paso as a kid. Washington Post, "Tres Leches Cake," 28 Sep. 2020 Stepped in when one of our starters was out, and hey, the sky is the limit for that kid. Adam Lichtenstein, sun-sentinel.com, "Sophomore comes up big as American Heritage slows down Chaminade-Madonna," 18 Sep. 2020 Then there’s the matter of playgrounds, one of the most quintessential parts of being a kid. Heather Knight, SFChronicle.com, "SF playgrounds and schools can’t open. All-day kid clubs can. Confused yet?," 1 Sep. 2020 YoungBoy was discovered on YouTube as a kid from Baton Rouge! Dan Rys, Billboard, "Executive of the Week: Good Money Global CEO Fee Banks," 25 Sep. 2020 One is the 38-year-old South Florida seamhead who, as a kid, read a 100-year history of the World Series again and again during a bout of pneumonia. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Column: ‘Odd couple’ Ted Leitner, Jesse Agler propel Padres radio broadcasts," 25 Sep. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The kid-food mentality doesn’t begin and end at the dinner table. Washington Post, "You can feel good giving kids this healthier version of a certain cereal snack mix," 8 Oct. 2020 Many teachers opt to use kid-safe, low-odor surface cleaners for them as well. Sian Babish, chicagotribune.com, "The best school pocket chart," 3 Oct. 2020 There was an eerily humanoid Baby Alive doll, a slime-making kit, a magician’s dress-up kit, a unicorn tea set, a phases-of-the-moon nightlight with remote control, American Girl clothes with matching kid pajamas and Hot Wheels tracks for days. Alesandra Dubin, Good Housekeeping, "I Gave My Twins Everything They Wanted for Their Pandemic Birthday — and Now I Regret It," 16 Sep. 2020 Coming from a conservative household, Amy is enamored of this sense of freedom and joins them, wearing one of her kid brother's shirts as a crop top. Brian Truitt, USA TODAY, "'Cuties': Here's why the controversial Netflix film became a combatant in America's culture war," 15 Sep. 2020 The launch coincides with Decca’s new partnership with the kid-centric media and technology company GoNoodle to form GoNoodle Records, which will live under the Decca Family imprint. Chris Eggertsen, Billboard, "Decca Records Launches Decca Family Imprint, Partners with GoNoodle on Kid-Focused Label," 3 Sep. 2020 Students and teachers are expected to bring their own masks, but the district has purchased kid-sized masks from ProtectEd. Anne Saker, The Enquirer, "Coronavirus in Ohio: Blue Ash firm designs, sells masks to fit a child's smaller face," 19 Aug. 2020 The Tonight Show host — taking a sharp turn from his days of wearing kid gloves with Trump, even infamously playing with the then-presidential candidate's hair on the show — expressed his disgust over Trump's indifference. Ryan Parker, The Hollywood Reporter, "Jimmy Fallon Skewers Trump's Coronavirus Death Toll Indifference in Axios Interview," 5 Aug. 2020 Solano threw to third baseman Evan Longoria, who threw to Heineman, the catcher who was playing a big-league game with his kid brother for the first time. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants beat Rangers, Donovan Solano continues to pound the ball," 1 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Do not kid yourself, ladies and gentlemen, this is literally and figuratively the ultimate game of political football. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Brace yourself: College football fans could decide whether President Trump gets re-elected | Commentary," 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, "What Is Conservative American Nationalism?," 21 Oct. 2019 All kidding aside, to receive the N95 designation, masks must adhere to the standard regulated by the FDA. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Razer will make a million masks to help fight coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 People who claim to sure how the journey will go are kidding themselves. Andrew C. Mccarthy, National Review, "Impeachment Is Unpredictable," 2 Nov. 2019 If neither hits a milestone homer the first week on the road, each could take advantage of the Giants’ new bandbox (kidding). John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Giants Splash: 6 early observations from camp on key roster questions," 4 Mar. 2020 But today’s digital invitations do look just like the real thing, but without the pileup in someone’s recycling bin. Give the birthday kid a sense of control and creativity by letting her help design the invitation. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How to throw an (almost) zero-waste birthday party," 26 Feb. 2020 Alabama may have a Democrat in the United States Senate, but don’t kid yourself - it’s among the most conservative states in the country. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Where in Alabama are voters most evenly split between parties?," 22 Feb. 2020 According to police, a customer had overheard two employees who were kidding around. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "An owl is saved, and a priest gets hacked," 19 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Do not kid yourself, ladies and gentlemen, this is literally and figuratively the ultimate game of political football. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Brace yourself: College football fans could decide whether President Trump gets re-elected | Commentary," 2 Sep. 2020 Just kidding, but my love for these boots (and boots in general) is no joke. Georgina Kim, Glamour, "These Celebrity Boot Looks Are So Good I Want to Scream—Then Shop," 26 Nov. 2019 All kidding aside, to receive the N95 designation, masks must adhere to the standard regulated by the FDA. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "Razer will make a million masks to help fight coronavirus," 19 Mar. 2020 According to police, a customer had overheard two employees who were kidding around. Emily Sweeney, BostonGlobe.com, "An owl is saved, and a priest gets hacked," 19 Feb. 2020 But today’s digital invitations do look just like the real thing, but without the pileup in someone’s recycling bin. Give the birthday kid a sense of control and creativity by letting her help design the invitation. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, "How to throw an (almost) zero-waste birthday party," 26 Feb. 2020 Alabama may have a Democrat in the United States Senate, but don’t kid yourself - it’s among the most conservative states in the country. Ramsey Archibald | Rarchibald@al.com, al, "Where in Alabama are voters most evenly split between parties?," 22 Feb. 2020 Just kidding — there's no way to let the Grammys, one of the biggest nights of the year for not only music but also for style and beauty, slip your mind. Marci Robin, Allure, "The Best Hair, Makeup, and Nail Looks at the 2020 Grammys," 27 Jan. 2020 But don't kid yourself, the car could go as high as $5 million dollars. CBS News, "Steve McQueen's famous "Bullitt" Mustang will hit the auction block," 10 Jan. 2020

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, 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

14 Oct 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kid. Accessed 24 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for kid

kid

noun
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

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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