\ ˈkīt How to pronounce kite (audio) \

Definition of kite

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a light frame covered with paper, cloth, or plastic, often provided with a stabilizing tail, and designed to be flown in the air at the end of a long string
2 : any of various usually small hawks (family Accipitridae) with long narrow wings and often a notched or forked tail
3 : a person who preys on others
4 : a check drawn against uncollected funds in a bank account or fraudulently raised before cashing
5 : a light sail used in a light breeze usually in addition to the regular working sails especially : spinnaker


kited; kiting

Definition of kite (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to use (a bad check) to get credit or money
2 : to cause to soar kited the prices they charged wealthy clients

intransitive verb

1a : to go in a rapid, carefree, or flighty manner
b : to rise rapidly : soar
2 : to get money or credit by a kite

Other Words from kite


kitelike \ ˈkīt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce kite (audio) \ adjective


kiter noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for kite

Synonyms: Noun

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of kite in a Sentence

Noun The children were flying kites. characterized the neighborhood store owners as kites who ruthlessly gouged their inner-city customers
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In nearby Angels Gate Park, the 17-ton Korean Friendship Bell, a gift from South Korea for the U.S. bicentennial, sits beneath a pavilion amid a wide lawn with arguably the best picnicking and kite-flying opportunities in L.A. Washington Post, 13 Apr. 2022 Summerfest, State Fair and more festivals Go to the lakefront or a park to fly a kite. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 26 May 2022 Shower chances are slight, breezy enough to fly a kite. Washington Post, 21 Apr. 2022 Onboard generation uses a rigid kite, similar to an airplane wing, which supports small wind turbines. Kurt Kleiner, Smithsonian Magazine, 12 Apr. 2022 Kayak among harbor seals and sea lions with a guide from Central Coast Outdoors, or fly a kite on the shoreline. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, 11 Aug. 2019 Matt Claysen, of Birmingham, flew a kite at Royal Oak's Normandy Oaks Park Sunday afternoon, while others walked their dogs. Lauren Wethington, Detroit Free Press, 6 Mar. 2022 To explore farther afield, consult the long list of outdoor excursions, including jungle river tours, kayaking or kite-surfing lessons. Keishel Williams, WSJ, 28 Jan. 2022 The park with its historic bell is a great spot to soak up history, reflect, fly a kite and enjoy a picnic. Laura Blasey, Los Angeles Times, 4 Feb. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Royal Air Force pilots flying over the region in the 1920s gave the structures their name due to their kite-like shape. David Kindy, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Mar. 2022 Keros Beach on Limnos is one of the best places to kite or windsurf in Europe. Eleni N. Gage, Travel + Leisure, 27 July 2021 Got stacks of your kid’s artwork? Clip the birthday child's creations to kite string and hang it along the walls, no tape necessary. Jamie Kiffel-alcheh, National Geographic, 26 Feb. 2020 The ecommerce giant maintains a list of restricted product categories that ranges from weapons such as firearms, to booze and tobacco products, to pets, to kite strings for the niche sport of kite fighting. Louise Matsakis, WIRED, 1 July 2019 My favorite board to kite on in all different conditions, from big waves to small, mushy waves. David Walters, Marie Claire, 24 May 2018 Here's hoping City Hosts will have a different outcome — and to consequently kite surfing in San Fran. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, 15 Sep. 2016 After departing the White House in January, Obama has spent the last six months on a world tour, doing everything from whitewater rafting in Bali and exploring Italy to kite surfing on Richard Branson's private island. Zoë Weiner, Glamour, 4 Aug. 2017 Here's hoping City Hosts will have a different outcome — and to consequently kite surfing in San Fran. Kelsey Kloss, ELLE Decor, 15 Sep. 2016 See More

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First Known Use of kite


before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2


1839, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for kite


Middle English, from Old English cȳta; akin to Middle High German kūze owl

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11 Jun 2022

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\ ˈkīt How to pronounce kite (audio) \

Kids Definition of kite

1 : a toy that consists of a light covered frame for flying in the air at the end of a long string
2 : a small hawk with long narrow wings and deeply forked tail that feeds mostly on insects and small reptiles

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