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 kiddish (audio) \ adjective

Verb (1)

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

Robert Axelrod — the veteran character actor best known for voicing Lord Zedd and Finster on the iconic '90s kids' series Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers — died Saturday at the age of 70, his agent announced via Twitter. Evan Real, The Hollywood Reporter, "Robert Axelrod, 'Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers' Voice Actor, Dies at 70," 8 Sep. 2019 When abstinence is the only instruction, kids try to figure it out themselves. Anna Claire Vollers | Avollers@al.com, al, "Students, alumni share stories of sexual assault at Oakwood University; school responds," 7 Sep. 2019 This annual church festival, now in its 10th year, celebrates the many cultures of Europe with ethnic foods, live dance performances, a beer garden, kids activities and even a polka band. cleveland.com, "Baker Mayfield corn maze and 11 more things to do in Cleveland this weekend, Sept. 7-8," 7 Sep. 2019 There were some kids that had just purchased new instruments. Tess Sheets, orlandosentinel.com, "Fire at East Ridge High School damages band equipment: ‘It’s very devastating’," 7 Sep. 2019 What scares an adult that’s different from what scares a kid? Anthony Breznican, EW.com, "It Chapter Two director explains how the film lives up to its frightening predecessor," 6 Sep. 2019 These kids need responsible adults — sometimes temporarily, sometimes permanently — to care for them. Nr Interview, National Review, "Honoring Foster Parents," 6 Sep. 2019 In celebration of their new Studio A/W 19 collection, H&M partnered with cool kids like artist and model Carlotta Kohl, musician Zsela, and model Precious Lee to celebrate in style (read: a party at a mansion, swoon!). Sara Radin, Teen Vogue, "H&M Hosted a Soiree Celebrating Its Autumn/Winter 2019 Collection in New York," 6 Sep. 2019 Tosafest: Restaurant vendors, beverage tents, kids corner and entertainment, 6-11 p.m. Sept. 6; 11 a.m.-11 p.m. Sept. 7. Elaine Rewolinski, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "What’s going on in Milwaukee this week: Sept. 6-12," 5 Sep. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 Certain recurring elements are cartoonish: A sage little-kid drug dealer, a mom who never goes anywhere without a glass of wine. Darren Franich, EW.com, "HBO's teen shock-soap Euphoria is sweeter than you think: EW review," 14 June 2019 Columnist Karina Bland explains why kid birthday parties are the worst. Karina Bland, azcentral, "My son thinks I'm embarrassing. But let's face it: Through a 13-year-old’s eyes, Mom can never be cool," 13 June 2019 Living near an amusement park was kid paradise. ... Marc Myers, WSJ, "‘Poms’ Actress Rhea Perlman on Her Wild Ride From Coney Island to Emmy Winner," 30 Apr. 2019 Both sisters have been on quite the journey since season one’s early days in Winterfell, and Sansa and her kid sister have since won our hearts — no dragons, direwolves, bratty teenage kings, or white walkers necessary. Allure, "See How Game of Thrones' Maisie Williams & Sophie Turner's Beauty Looks Have Evolved Throughout the Years," 11 Apr. 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just kidding capitalism has a way of always winning out in the end and many of the buildings that have been painted by international street artists there have since been turned into points of attraction for the landlords hoping to raise rents. Luke O'neil, Longreads, "The Wind Sometimes Feels in Error," 29 July 2019 My strategy was simple: add one scoop (two scoops became too gritty) into my morning matcha or oatmeal, and instantly transform into Kylie Jenner—kidding. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "This Collagen Brand Is Kylie Jenner's Secret to Glowing Skin—and It's on Sale Today Only," 16 July 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 The Ruby Princess kids camp is free and open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days (babysitting is available after 10 p.m. for $5 per hour) and has three groups sorted by age. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "All Your Questions About Taking a Child on an Alaska Cruise, Answered," 20 June 2019 Weitzman isn't kidding himself that a lot of shopping venues and stores are circling the drain. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Texas real estate legend Herb Weitzman isn't ready to write off retail building for the internet," 28 June 2019 He was known for his bold style, pop quizzes, games, dancing mailbox and kidding with colleagues. Hal Boedeker, orlandosentinel.com, "Is ‘Ping’ replacing Pat Clarke at WESH? TV industry buzzing with rumor," 4 June 2019 Don’t kid yourself, the Magic and other sports teams are reacting to some of this negative publicity. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Kudos to Orlando Magic for getting rid of all-woman dance team | Commentary," 11 June 2019 June 5 editorial The Denver Post has got to be kidding. Dp Opinion, The Denver Post, "Letters: Identifying the unidentified flying objects; jeering socialism — or the definition of socialism (6/9/19)," 9 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Just kidding capitalism has a way of always winning out in the end and many of the buildings that have been painted by international street artists there have since been turned into points of attraction for the landlords hoping to raise rents. Luke O'neil, Longreads, "The Wind Sometimes Feels in Error," 29 July 2019 My strategy was simple: add one scoop (two scoops became too gritty) into my morning matcha or oatmeal, and instantly transform into Kylie Jenner—kidding. Susan Brickell, Health.com, "This Collagen Brand Is Kylie Jenner's Secret to Glowing Skin—and It's on Sale Today Only," 16 July 2019 Hinch kidded that Brantley's hamstring had become sore from getting on base so many times in the Astros' 5-4 loss in Friday's series opener. Brent Zwerneman, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' Michael Brantley gets precautionary day off," 6 July 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, 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 The Ruby Princess kids camp is free and open from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. most days (babysitting is available after 10 p.m. for $5 per hour) and has three groups sorted by age. Judy Koutsky, Condé Nast Traveler, "All Your Questions About Taking a Child on an Alaska Cruise, Answered," 20 June 2019 Weitzman isn't kidding himself that a lot of shopping venues and stores are circling the drain. Steve Brown, Dallas News, "Texas real estate legend Herb Weitzman isn't ready to write off retail building for the internet," 28 June 2019

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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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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