noun, often attributive
kid·​die | \ ˈki-dē How to pronounce kiddie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly kiddy
plural kiddies

Definition of kiddie

: a small child a kiddie pool kiddie rides

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Synonyms & Antonyms for kiddie


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


adult, grown-up

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Examples of kiddie in a Sentence

It's a scary movie that might not be appropriate for the kiddies. there are plenty of attractions at the state fair that will amuse the kiddies

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Somewhere below the surface of the kiddie-pool sized patch of brown water is the entrance to the 2,300-year-old tomb of a pharaoh named Nastasen. Kristin Romey, National Geographic, "Dive beneath the pyramids of Egypt’s black pharaohs," 2 July 2019 Bianca in Live Oak, Tex., sent a picture of Shiner cooling off in the kiddie pool after running around the backyard. Washington Post, "Hints From Heloise: Shelter donations," 8 June 2019 Adults might choose to chill out in the adult pool, little ones might like the kiddie pool, Wally’s Lagoon and Wee Kids Water World, and revelers of all ages will love the bumper boats and all kinds of different slides. Jennifer Franklin, USA TODAY, "8 Myrtle Beach activities that your family (and wallet) will love," 7 June 2019 Santa Clara County Fair Place: Santa Clara County Fairgrounds, 344 Tully Road, San Jose Dates: Aug. 1-4 Featuring: Clowns, kiddie rides, hands-on robots, do-it-yourself butter-making. Steve Rubenstein,, "Follow the smell of deep-fried Twinkies. Soon you’ll be at the San Mateo fair," 7 June 2019 Now, how much chicer is that than a blow-up kiddie pool?! Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "Your Pool Needs a Baja Shelf, and Here's Proof," 23 May 2019 Kids will get thrills sifting through dirt at the gem mine, riding the weekend kiddie train, and bouncing on an inflatable surface known as the Jump Pad. Kristi Valentini, Redbook, "The No-Fly, All-Fun Vacation," 13 July 2017 Even the quirkier style habits of today like corsets, bucket hats, and beaded kiddie bags. Brooke Bobb, Vogue, "5 Ways to Update Classic White Jeans During the Summer of Metallic Bike Shorts," 8 Aug. 2018 Games, chance-it booth, kiddie-land, corn hole tournament, bouncy house, slide and obstacle course, food and drinks. Raffles. Luann Gibbs,, "Summer festivals guide 2018," 21 June 2018

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First Known Use of kiddie

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiddie

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The first known use of kiddie was in 1889

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English Language Learners Definition of kiddie

informal : a young child

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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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