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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Rock remembered as a kid taking a church trip to Disney World in a bus with no air conditioning. Rodney Ho, ajc, 31 July 2022 The result was an unfussy pre–Spice Girls girl-power fantasy for a 12-year-old kid. Soraya Roberts, The Atlantic, 31 July 2022 Instead, for the past 48 hours, a kid that was expected to choose Auburn and then expected to choose Florida State chose OSU. Stephen Means, cleveland, 30 July 2022 Is his big office rival a catty gay rich kid named Tyler? San Diego Union-Tribune, 29 July 2022 The television show primarily focuses on Erin, Tiffany, Mac, and KJ; their relationship; and development between their kid selves and their adult selves. ELLE, 29 July 2022 Her magical toy puppy Penelope tries to help by making Mimi a superhero, a teacher, and a cool kid, but Mimi realizes that none of these roles fit as well as being herself: getting messy, helping her neighbors, and proving her smarts. Lauren Morgan, EW.com, 28 July 2022 Back in the 1980s, people thought this was a freestanding movie about a shrimpy kid (Ralph Macchio) learning self-defense and self-worth from an unlikely mentor (Pat Morita). al, 28 July 2022 Turns out, that stranger was another American — a college kid vacationing in the same area who went missing 15 years earlier. Nina Metz, Chicago Tribune, 28 July 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Meanwhile, Joe Judge, the other member of the Belichick’s brain trust, has looked like Patricia’s kid brother. Ben Volin, BostonGlobe.com, 31 July 2022 Whose happiness is prioritized in a family? — capture both kid-brain literalism and the bigger, harder questions of growing up. Margaret Lyons, New York Times, 28 July 2022 The controversy of Wren Eleanor has led to a cavalcade of outraged moms removing videos featuring their own kids on social media, as well as legitimate questions as to whether there should be regulations in place to protect kid influencers. Ej Dickson, Rolling Stone, 20 July 2022 Giving a kid access to a device means opening them up to a vast world of information, entertainment, and community—along with a host of other concerns. Eric Griffith, PCMAG, 18 July 2022 The stories of kid stars like Britney Spears and Gary Coleman are well known. Los Angeles Times, 12 July 2022 The ages of the core cast of kid characters have steadily widened each season. Erik Kain, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Bentgo's kid lunch boxes and bento boxes are favorites among Good Housekeeping product experts and real parents, and the brand offers an innovative backpack that can make bringing lunch to school even more convenient. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, 5 July 2022 Larger groups on the Superliner might book a family bedroom, which has two adult beds and two kid-size beds, but no toilet, sink or shower. Erika Mailman, Washington Post, 23 June 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best change management plans are amenable to change, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that the need for alteration will always be prompted by something pleasant. Patrick Johnson, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Another great option for little ones, CodeMonkey is an online community that helps kid with no prior experience learn how to code. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Elon Musk may like to kid around on Twitter , but his impending ownership of the platform is no joke, to him or anyone else. Laura Forman, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Sevigny is excellent, worn in different ways before and after her son’s death, handling him with care but not kid gloves in life, more sorrowful than vengeful afterward. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s not the end of the world, but no one should kid themselves into believing that Biden didn’t make a mistake. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 Don't kid yourself, the pain and scars from that day were deep. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 John tries pretty dang hard to woo this hardcore country kid over to his team, even tossing out evidence of country cred by way of his recent CMT award for his song with Carrie Underwood. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Indeed, some of the film’s most touching moments are recordings of banter between MacGowan and Depp, who kid each other mercilessly while raising a glass. Will Tizard, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The best change management plans are amenable to change, but don’t kid yourself into thinking that the need for alteration will always be prompted by something pleasant. Patrick Johnson, Forbes, 6 July 2022 Another great option for little ones, CodeMonkey is an online community that helps kid with no prior experience learn how to code. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 6 May 2022 Elon Musk may like to kid around on Twitter , but his impending ownership of the platform is no joke, to him or anyone else. Laura Forman, WSJ, 26 Apr. 2022 Sevigny is excellent, worn in different ways before and after her son’s death, handling him with care but not kid gloves in life, more sorrowful than vengeful afterward. Robert Lloyd, Los Angeles Times, 29 Mar. 2022 It’s not the end of the world, but no one should kid themselves into believing that Biden didn’t make a mistake. Michael A. Cohen, The New Republic, 28 Mar. 2022 Don't kid yourself, the pain and scars from that day were deep. Matthew Brown, USA TODAY, 6 Jan. 2022 John tries pretty dang hard to woo this hardcore country kid over to his team, even tossing out evidence of country cred by way of his recent CMT award for his song with Carrie Underwood. Maggie Fremont, EW.com, 28 Sep. 2021 Indeed, some of the film’s most touching moments are recordings of banter between MacGowan and Depp, who kid each other mercilessly while raising a glass. Will Tizard, Variety, 27 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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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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