- to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
- to humbug or fool.
- to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.
Origin of kid2
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Examples from the Web for kidder
This book and 'Kidder's' are two that I could hardly get along without.Letters and Lettering
Frank Chouteau Brown
In Mrs. Kidder's bake-shop were gathered the henchmen of Hat Tyler.
Mr. Kidder, of Kidder & Kidder, had by request waited upon the lady of Bellevieu.Dorothy
He-he-he, Mr. Kidder; I sartainly knew you was coming—yassah!The Woman Gives
"Oh, he said yes," cried Mrs. Kidder, clinging to her Countesshood.My Friend the Chauffeur
C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
- a person who kids
- Northern English dialect a brother or friend
- the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
- soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
- a young person; child
- (modifier)younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
- our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister
- (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
- (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
- (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
- (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something)don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
- a small wooden tub
- a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd
Word Origin and History for kidder
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.