\ 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 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 The kite also serves as backup propulsion should a floating fishing line get tangled in the propellers, for instance. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Kids can also take part in an Anguilla kite-making class. Stacey Leasca, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2021 The kite, which spans just shy of 140 square feet, attaches to a small 2-foot mast via four Kevlar ropes. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Plymouth County and the South Coast: The South Shore hosted an orchard oriole and a black vulture in Plympton, a blackpoll warbler at Manomet, six red crossbills in Myles Standish State Forest, and a Mississippi kite at Plymouth Municipal Airport., 12 June 2021 The distressed owl began making a ruckus Tuesday morning after its wing got trapped in what appeared to be a string from a kite or balloon, said San Francisco Fire Department spokesperson Jonathan Baxter. Nora Mishanec, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 May 2021 Most people don’t like being told to go fly a kite, but Saturday morning in Oswego, Emilee French of Yorkville was more than happy to oblige. David Sharos,, 18 Apr. 2021 Last year, Red Yacht Design and Dykstra Naval Architects unveiled a 211-foot superyacht fitted with a giant kite to help propel it through the ocean. Rachel Cormack, Robb Report, 24 May 2021 Although Charlie Brown’s nemesis is a kite-eating tree, Sparky's comic strips highlighted the importance of them in our environment, said Jeannie Schulz, the widow of Sparky, in the press release. Nour Rahal, Detroit Free Press, 30 Apr. 2021 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, 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

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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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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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