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  1. Informal. a child or young person.
  2. (used as a familiar form of address.)
  3. a young goat.
  4. leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
  5. a glove made from this leather.
verb (used with or without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young).
  1. made of kidskin.
  2. Informal. younger: his kid sister.

Origin of kid1

1150–1200; Middle English kide < Old Norse kith
Related formskid·dish, adjectivekid·dish·ness, nounkid·like, adjective


verb (used with object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
  2. to humbug or fool.
verb (used without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.

Origin of kid2

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of kid1
Related formskid·der, nounkid·ding·ly, adverb


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1. tease, josh, rib.


  1. Thomas. Kyd, Thomas.


or Kid

  1. Thomas,1558–94, English dramatist.
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Examples from the Web for kid

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Historical Examples

  • You were simply a kid that turned into a man in a day—and turned into a free man!

  • "You let that kid fight his own battles," said Henry Anderson roughly.

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And would a man be telling his heart's best secret to a kid like you?

    Her Father's Daughter

    Gene Stratton-Porter

  • And a kid of sixteen didn't have the judgment—couldn't have.


    Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius

  • I want to know where that kid with the cigarette was born, and what he thinks of the harbor!

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

British Dictionary definitions for kid


  1. the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
  2. soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
  3. informal
    1. a young person; child
    2. (modifier)younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
  4. our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister
verb kids, kidding or kidded
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
Derived Formskiddishness, nounkidlike, adjective

Word Origin

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse kith, Shetland Islands kidi lamb


verb kids, kidding or kidded (sometimes foll by on or along) informal
  1. (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
  2. (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
  3. (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something)don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
Derived Formskiddingly, adverb

Word Origin

C19: probably from kid 1


  1. a small wooden tub

Word Origin

C18: probably variant of kit 1 (in the sense: barrel)


  1. a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd



  1. Thomas. 1558–94, English dramatist, noted for his revenge play The Spanish Tragedy (1586)
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Word Origin and History for kid


c.1200, "the young of a goat," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Old Norse kið "young goat"), from Proto-Germanic *kiðjom (cf. Old High German kizzi, German kitze, Danish and Swedish kid). Extended meaning of "child" first recorded as slang 1590s, established in informal usage by 1840s. Applied to skillful young thieves and pugilists since at least 1812. Kid stuff "something easy" is from 1913 (The phrase was in use about that time in reference to vaudeville acts or advertisements featuring children, and to children-oriented features in newspapers). Kid glove "a glove made of kidskin leather" is from 1680s; sense of "characterized by wearing kid gloves," therefore "dainty, delicate" is from 1856.


"tease playfully," 1839, earlier, in thieves' cant, "to coax, wheedle, hoax" (1811), probably from kid (n.), via notion of "treat as a child, make a kid of." Related: Kidded; kidding.

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Idioms and Phrases with kid


In addition to the idioms beginning with kid

also see:

Also seekidding.

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