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 kid (audio) \ adjective

Verb (1)

kidder noun
kiddingly \ ˈki-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce kid (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 Know that what's stressing you out about your kid is likely different than what's burdening them. John Duffy, CNN, "Teen stress has been heightened by a year of pandemic. Here's how to help them," 4 May 2021 Work on your kid’s puzzle, only to fall behind on your own. Lily Feinn, The New Yorker, "Impossible Puzzles for People Under Sixty," 3 May 2021 Our older kid just graduated to the Chicco Kidfit Booster Car Seat that is adjustable and sturdy while growing with them from full seat to just booster. Travel + Leisure, "10 Things to Pack for a Road Trip With Kids, According to a Traveling Dad," 2 May 2021 Which is why ClicBot takes your kid even further with the ability to program the robot’s actions. Dave Johnson, Forbes, "ClicBot Review: A Remarkable Educational Robot Kit For Kids (And Grownups Too)," 28 Apr. 2021 For parents who can’t tolerate the idea of their kid getting sick, sticking with the precautions that have kept the family safe for the last year may be the most comfortable. Deborah Netburn, Los Angeles Times, "I’m vaccinated and my kids aren’t: What’s safe for us to do as a family?," 23 Apr. 2021 Background: Does your kid need a school year 'do-over'? Olivia Krauth, The Courier-Journal, "Does my kid need a school year 'do-over'? What Kentucky parents should consider first," 23 Apr. 2021 How about letting your kid take over the reins of designing mommy’s gift? Paige Reddinger, Robb Report, "13 Beautiful Pieces of High-End Jewelry to Treat Your Mom This Mother’s Day," 22 Apr. 2021 Summer will be here soon and the 2021 Summer Camp Guide has the camp or activity for your kid! Anchorage Daily News, "2021 Summer Camps: Anchorage," 21 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Longtime viewers see its panelists as family members, and Gutfeld’s role is the kid brother who always has a cutting remark at the ready. Stephen Battaglio Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, "Greg Gutfeld goes after late night laughs for Fox News," 5 Apr. 2021 But crawling into the head and voice and life of this kid narrator is where King especially excels. Stephen Graham Jones Washington Post, Star Tribune, "Review: 'Later,' by Stephen King," 15 Mar. 2021 But the youth council isn't just a kid version of the community council. Terry Demio, The Enquirer, "COVID-19: Close-knit Avondale youth group maintains its bonds despite pandemic," 26 Mar. 2021 The actress — who was cast as Punky at age 7, beating out 1,000 girls to play the precocious youngster — became something of an unofficial ringleader of kid stars in Hollywood . Tribune News Service, cleveland, "‘Punky Brewster’ star Soleil Moon Frye ‘lost sight’ of herself. Facing her darkest memories brought her back," 3 Mar. 2021 But crawling into the head and voice and life of this kid narrator is where King especially excels. Washington Post, "In ‘Later,’ Stephen King reminds us that he’s the master of the kids-with-strange-powers genre," 28 Feb. 2021 To that end, the deployment is treating the ship with kid gloves. Craig Hooper, Forbes, "Navy Sends 1st Littoral Combat Ship On A Cruise With Everything To Lose," 4 Mar. 2021 Not long afterward, the cool-kid pair got to work plotting their looks for the night, both of which will be by Gucci. Marley Marius, Vogue, "Meet Satchel and Jackson Lee, Spike Lee's Impossibly Cool Kids—and This Year’s Golden Globes Ambassadors," 26 Feb. 2021 Silk is a delicate textile and should be treated with kid gloves. Barry Samaha, Harper's BAZAAR, "How to Wash Silk at Home Like a Pro," 18 Feb. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t kid yourself, the Wilfs made their billions in real estate development and no doubt see the vast potential in developing the land around their stadium. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Flávio selling Orlando City to Wilf family is a gift from the NFL gods | Commentary," 11 May 2021 The duo have been super cute on social media, and their co-stars love to kid them about their relationship. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "30 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 30 Apr. 2021 That would engender an expansion in the demand for fossil fuels; do not kid yourself that unconventional energy can satisfy that demand shift at competitive costs either now or over the foreseeable future. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "Where We are Headed: Making the U.S. Poorer and OPEC+ Richer," 15 Apr. 2021 Murphy, who oversaw the visitors’ clubhouse for part of Lasorda’s career and remembers him as a regular in North Beach, befriended Frank Sinatra and would kid Lasorda about Sinatra’s allegiance. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Tommy Lasorda, ‘lovable villain’ in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, dies at 93," 8 Jan. 2021 Don’t kid yourself that this contempt travels only in one direction, up the chain of command. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Down With Slack," 4 Dec. 2020 As for the Vikings, don't kid yourself, Kirk Cousins fans. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick," 23 Oct. 2020 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Don’t kid yourself, the Wilfs made their billions in real estate development and no doubt see the vast potential in developing the land around their stadium. Mike Bianchi, orlandosentinel.com, "Flávio selling Orlando City to Wilf family is a gift from the NFL gods | Commentary," 11 May 2021 The duo have been super cute on social media, and their co-stars love to kid them about their relationship. Stacey Grant, Seventeen, "30 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 30 Apr. 2021 That would engender an expansion in the demand for fossil fuels; do not kid yourself that unconventional energy can satisfy that demand shift at competitive costs either now or over the foreseeable future. Benjamin Zycher, National Review, "Where We are Headed: Making the U.S. Poorer and OPEC+ Richer," 15 Apr. 2021 Murphy, who oversaw the visitors’ clubhouse for part of Lasorda’s career and remembers him as a regular in North Beach, befriended Frank Sinatra and would kid Lasorda about Sinatra’s allegiance. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Tommy Lasorda, ‘lovable villain’ in Giants-Dodgers rivalry, dies at 93," 8 Jan. 2021 Don’t kid yourself that this contempt travels only in one direction, up the chain of command. Timothy Noah, The New Republic, "Down With Slack," 4 Dec. 2020 As for the Vikings, don't kid yourself, Kirk Cousins fans. Mark Craig, Star Tribune, "Vikings primed to join crowded race for No. 1 pick," 23 Oct. 2020 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

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

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

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Last Updated

12 May 2021

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“Kid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kid. Accessed 15 May. 2021.

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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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