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

Friends move, fall in love, get important jobs, adopt dogs and have kids and at some point, your priority level will shift or drop. Author: Wayne And Wanda, Anchorage Daily News, "My best friend got a boyfriend, and she’s now always flaking out on me. Should I confront her?," 30 June 2019 But Middendorf’s parents, Matthew and Christine, settled down in Arizona and had five kids. Richard Morin, azcentral, "Scottsdale native Erik Middendorf gets call to join Arizona Coyotes camp," 27 June 2019 Luckily for her, the studio she and her husband, sculptor John Stacy, share with their two kids in Gardiner, Montana, borders the Yellowstone River and looks out into the park. Douglas Main, National Geographic, "How art saved Yellowstone—and the landscape still inspires," 26 June 2019 Parents, read this: Help your kids avoid a summer reading setback with these tips Below, find more information on the classes and how lead poisoning is affecting our community: WHAT IS LEAD POISONING? Bailey Loosemore, The Courier-Journal, "Louisville kids are still at risk for lead poisoning. Here's how healthy eating can help," 25 June 2019 Sound Intelligence engineers said the latest version was calibrated using audio collected in part from European customers, including some recordings of screaming kids. Jack Gillum, ProPublica, "Aggression Detectors: The Unproven, Invasive Surveillance Technology Schools Are Using to Monitor Students," 25 June 2019 The meals within these programs are typically provided for kids ages 18 and under, and new sites are added to the map throughout the summer. Hannah Doolin, Redbook, "5 Easy Ways to Find Free Summer Meals for Kids," 25 June 2019 But this strategy runs the risk of continuing to legitimize parents’ decision not to vaccinate their kids. The Scientific American Staff, Scientific American, "The U.S. Needs to Tighten Vaccination Mandates," 24 June 2019 These are a few of the actions the Arizona Legislature took in its 2019 session on issues related to kids and families. Mary Jo Pitzl, Arizona Republic, "A year later, lawmakers taking $56 million from feds for child care," 24 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

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 In a blink of an eye, your wonderful daughter, kid brother, or sweet cousin is all grown-up and walking across the big stage to receive their diploma. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Here’s What to Write in a Graduation Card to Your Favorite New Adult," 22 Mar. 2019 Albanese pulled together an eclectic mix of vintage and custom furniture with layered textures and materials, imparting a sense of sophisticated youthfulness that is equally kid-appropriate and a playful backdrop for adults. Lucia Tonelli, ELLE Decor, "A Vivacious Canadian Lake House With a Joyful Sense of Irreverence," 24 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Doggie guardians can enjoy special drinks such as the Pink Pooch and the Salty Dog, both $7 (still, not kidding). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Best happy hours in Miami, Lauderdale, Boca, Delray, West Palm Beach and other South Florida cities.," 12 Mar. 2019 At its fall 2019 show during Milan Fashion Week, the label underlined its track record on outerwear with a line-up of statement coats that weren't kidding around, sometimes in vibrant hues of blue, cerulean and bright yellow. Erik Maza, Town & Country, "Nancy Pelosi's Red Fire Coat is Officially Available to Buy," 14 Mar. 2019 He's since been removed from his position as royal mascot and unequivocally banned from all other royal happenings ........ just kidding! Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "This Pony Had the Nerve to Try and Eat Prince Harry With Meghan Markle Watching!!," 14 Feb. 2018 Jakub Vrana and Andre Burakovsky weren't kidding about getting tattoos, apparently. Jace Evans, USA TODAY, "The Washington Capitals haven't stopped partying since winning the Stanley Cup," 9 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 The duo have been super cute on social media, and their co-stars love to kid them about their relationship. 2. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "27 Celebrities Who Dated Their Co-Stars IRL," 7 Dec. 2018 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 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 Doggie guardians can enjoy special drinks such as the Pink Pooch and the Salty Dog, both $7 (still, not kidding). San Diego Union-Tribune, "Best happy hours in Miami, Lauderdale, Boca, Delray, West Palm Beach and other South Florida cities.," 12 Mar. 2019 Vasari’s not kidding, either: His presence on social media is modest, indeed. Vogue, "Meet Nikola Vasari, Faith Connexion’s First Creative Director," 7 Sep. 2018 Just kidding about that last thing, but there are 31 pictures in total of them doing all the other stuff. Tess Koman, Cosmopolitan, "ETCH THESE NEW PICTURES OF JUSTIN BIEBER AND SELENA GOMEZ KISSING ONTO MY GRAVE," 21 Feb. 2018

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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