pronunciation spelling

used for "kind of" in informal speech and in representations of such speech
I feel kinda [=somewhat] tired.
She's spontaneous, a bundle of fun and kinda wild.Bell Hooks
I just kinda [=more or less] wrote it.Dana Goodyear
… one of those things that just kinda fell from the sky.Tobit Raphael
You know the kinda [=type of] trouble kids can get into around here.John Edgar Wideman

Word History

First Known Use

1885, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kinda was in 1885

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“Kinda.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jul. 2024.

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