\ 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

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Other Words from kite


kitelike \ ˈkīt-​ˌlīk How to pronounce kitelike (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 Get the Prism Designs Zenith kite from REI for $35 6. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "15 products to help you relive your childhood summers," 25 June 2020 Every tent was smashed and broken, and one, which had taken off like a kite, was flying in the air about 500 feet above us. Mark Synnott, National Geographic, "Our team climbed Everest to try to solve its greatest mystery," 16 June 2020 Go for a hike along the dunes, fly a kite on the beach, enjoy horseback riding, or check out the historic 1933 World's Fair Century of Progress Homes. Elizabeth Rhodes, Travel + Leisure, "10 Best Weekend Getaways From Chicago," 3 June 2020 At the shipwreck day-use area, home of the iconic Peter Iredale shipwreck, a modest crowd gathered to walk along the beach, fly kites and set up camp chairs in the brisk morning. oregonlive, "Surfers, sanitizer and social distance at reopened state parks on the north Oregon coast," 8 June 2020 Tours, a 5K run/walk, kite flying, lilac planting seminars, and a grand parade are on the 71st Annual Festival’s agenda. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Places to Travel in June," 13 Mar. 2020 The four-week-long National Cherry Blossom Festival takes place from March 20 through April 12 and includes free events like kite festivals on the grounds of the Washington Monument and street parades down Constitution Avenue. Megan Michelson, Outside Online, "6 Spring Break Trips for Adventure Lovers on a Budget," 7 Feb. 2020 Biden may have no choice but to tell Sanders and his band to go fly a kite. Willie Brown,, "I ran San Francisco after 9/11. This is worse," 14 Mar. 2020 Top off your day by flying a kite or venturing through the maze of catacomb-like bunkers and batteries at Fort Casey Historical State Park. Drake Wilson, Sunset Magazine, "Find Wine, Whales, and Water Adventures in Washington’s Scenic Puget Sound," 3 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "How to throw an (almost) zero-waste birthday party," 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, "Why You Still Can’t Buy Fireworks on Amazon," 1 July 2019 My favorite board to kite on in all different conditions, from big waves to small, mushy waves. David Walters, Marie Claire, "Let Moona Whyte Explain "Body Dragging"," 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, "Airbnb Testing "City Hosts" To Pair Travelers With Local Tour Guides," 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, "Celebrities Take to Twitter to Wish Barack Obama a Happy Birthday," 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, "Airbnb Testing "City Hosts" To Pair Travelers With Local Tour Guides," 15 Sep. 2016

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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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The first known use of kite was before the 12th century

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4 Jul 2020

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“Kite.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Aug. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kite

: a toy that is made of a light frame covered with cloth, paper, or plastic and that is flown in the air at the end of a long string
: a type of hawk that has long, narrow wings


\ 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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