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 Of course, every kid and every household is different. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "How to Set Up Your Kid’s Virtual Work/Play Space," 18 May 2020 The pandemic has cost San Antonians the chance for parents, their kids and this year’s hopeless romantics to make memories of their own. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "In shutting down restaurants, coronavirus stole from San Antonians our rituals, our comfort zones," 16 May 2020 The syndrome, which is being called multisystem inflammatory syndrome in children, has been seen in kids across Europe and in at least 18 US states. Aj Willingham, CNN, "5 things to know for May 15: China, pandemic, childhood illness, Sen. Burr, stimulus," 15 May 2020 The padded strap is a welcome hands-free feature for parents ferrying kids and equipment from class to practice. Popular Science, "Great coolers that keep foods fresh and ready to eat," 15 May 2020 Nicholson spends his time at home with his wife, Onnie, and kids, Alana, Dace and Amaya, trying to juggle family time with coaching duties. Cameron Teague Robinson, The Courier-Journal, "U of L linebackers coach Derek Nicholson finds joy in adversity he faced growing up," 15 May 2020 This fast-inflating pool, designed with a backrest and four cushioned seats, holds 221 gallons of water and is roomy enough for the family — and fun for kids and adults. Kathy Passero, al, "Ready for Memorial Day? From pools to picnics, 10 great items to help you celebrate the unofficial start of summer," 15 May 2020 During their stay, guests will enjoy delicious food and drinks, a full-service concierge, water sports, live entertainment, spas, and programs for kids and teens. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "Karisma Hotels & Resorts Is Giving 150 Frontline Workers Free Luxury Vacations — Here's How to Apply," 13 May 2020 For many, that's not the case (and now is a great time to support resources for people in need—here are a couple for kids and adults). Hadley Keller, House Beautiful, "How Home Projects Have Helped Me Learn to Love Being Alone," 7 May 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective That sounds good, but being a lifeline on a team with little pitching leeway is different than being the kid brother fourth starter on an 84-win team just willing the curtain to close on the season. Globe Staff, BostonGlobe.com, "Chaim Bloom’s opening conundrum: How to get Red Sox enough starters," 2 Mar. 2020 Conor Leslie remains a pleasant surprise as Wonder Woman sidekick/kid sister Donna Troy/Wonder Girl. David Betancourt, Washington Post, "‘Titans’ isn’t the best superhero show out there — but Season 2 is definitely worth watching," 6 Sep. 2019 Over the years, certain toys have topped nearly ever kid’s list, and in some instances, scarce supplies sent the public into veritable shopping (and scheming) frenzies. Lydia Price, PEOPLE.com, "10 Toys That Have Caused Holiday Mayhem Through the Years," 19 Dec. 2019 The complete Ramona Quimby series Want a story about sisters that is slightly more relatable than a magical ice princess and her kid sister? oregonlive, "6 non-’Frozen’ gifts for kids who are obsessed with ‘Frozen’," 3 Dec. 2019 There will be kid’s games and activities including a touch-a-truck during the Farmer’s Market. Annie Alleman, chicagotribune.com, "Northwest suburban fall, Halloween events abound," 10 Sep. 2019 For those with little ones, the hotel not only offers villas with multiple bedrooms, but also a kid spa, family cooking classes, and even kid yoga. Elise Taylor, Vogue, "Where to Stay and What to Do in Santorini—For Those Not On Their Honeymoon," 28 May 2019 Giants prospect Jacob Heyward, kid brother of Cubs outfielder Jason Heyward, was ejected for arguing a call by a robot umpire. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Robo umps need work: Giants prospect Jacob Heyward ejected after bad call," 19 Oct. 2019 Green and yellow bell peppers are kid pleasers in Packers colors. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Skip the PB&J and pack a Wisconsin school lunch inspired by tailgating, Kwik Trip and the State Fair," 10 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 These videos and posts are making the jokes because they’re funny—kidding around is certainly not the same thing as lying. Kaitlyn Tiffany, The Atlantic, "The Risk of ‘Getting Bangs’," 22 Jan. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 Line: Spartans by 20½. Chris Solari Don’t kid yourself, things are bad for MSU. Kirkland Crawford, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State won't lose to Rutgers, right? Can Michigan football avoid Indiana letdown?," 22 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

Time Traveler

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

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Last Updated

21 May 2020

Cite this Entry

“Kid.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kid. Accessed 1 Jun. 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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