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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Your knees ache at the mere thought of squeezing into such kiddie rides as Dumbo the Flying Elephant, Casey Jr. Circus Train and Storybook Land Canal Boats. Scott Craven, azcentral, "Is going to Disneyland or Disney World more fun without kids? Definitely. Here's why.," 2 Aug. 2019 All four sat in the waters of the Y’s kiddie pool as temperatures climbed outside. Denise Coffey,, "Towns Respond To Heat With Cooling Centers," 29 July 2019 Our pups treat the communal water bowl like a kiddie pool. Marni Jameson,, "8 reasons not to get a dog, and why I have 3," 31 May 2019 Make sure to ask about the kiddie cocktail featuring Sprite and grenadine. Emily Sabens, Indianapolis Star, "Kid-friendly restaurants: 9 places in Indianapolis with the best children's menus," 29 Aug. 2019 Horror fans tend to be sniffy about filmmakers who eschew lashing of gore and an atmosphere of kiddie-repulsing intensity in favor of attempting to garner the largest possible audience with a rating lower than an R. Clark Collis,, "Scary Stories to Tell in the Dark is a disgustingly good gateway horror movie," 8 Aug. 2019 The first, Taxi Jam, is a small kiddie coaster that goes around a small oval. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Canada's Wonderland marathon: Riding all of the Toronto park's roller coasters in a day," 20 June 2019 Parisians could be seen plunging fully clothed into the fountains of the Trocadéro, Viennese cooled themselves in municipal misters, and Amsterdamers dangled their feet in a repurposed kiddie pool at a cafe. New York Times, "A Heat Wave Bakes Europe, Where Air-Conditioning Is Scarce," 25 July 2019 No light-up soles, no kiddie prints, just sleek runners printed with the iconic colors of each character. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "Nike Is Releasing a SpongeBob SquarePants Sneaker Collection and the Nostalgia is SO Real," 19 July 2019

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First Known Use of kiddie

1889, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for kiddie

kid entry 1

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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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