kind of


: to a moderate degree : somewhat
it's kind of late to begin
: in a way that approximates : more or less
kind of sneaked up on us

Example Sentences

those sheets are kind of new, so use something else to cover the floor while painting

Word History

First Known Use

1775, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kind of was in 1775

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Cite this Entry

“Kind of.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Mar. 2023.

Kids Definition

kind of

: to a moderate degree : somewhat
itʼs kind of cold in here
he kind of likes me

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