- Informal. a child or young person.
- (used as a familiar form of address.)
- a young goat.
- leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
- a glove made from this leather.
- (of a goat) to give birth to (young).
- made of kidskin.
- Informal. younger: his kid sister.
Origin of kid1
- 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 kidding
SURPRISES Downton Abbey You've got to be kidding me with this one.15 Enraging Golden Globe TV Snubs and Surprises: Amy Poehler, 'Mad Men' & More
December 11, 2014
“When they introduced me as vice president [of Zambia], he thought they were kidding,” Scott said.Democratic Africa Gets Its First White Leader
October 29, 2014
Kidding aside, Williams was publicly angry over the state of affairs.The Genie Is Free: Robin Williams's Complicated Relationship With Disney
August 12, 2014
Amid some media tumult, the first President Bush had to come out and say in essence, hey, kidding.Dick Cheney’s Awfulness Is Here to Stay
July 15, 2014
This is the same man who told Mike Ditka to go get him a juice box, so he's probably not kidding.Viral Video of the Day: Go, Team USA, GO!
June 26, 2014
Then you're kidding about that horse going to start in the Thornton Stakes.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
Say, mister, I was just kidding about being one of Gore's men.In the Orbit of Saturn
Roman Frederick Starzl
Who do you think you're kidding, Bev, you sanctimonious hypocrite—me?Masters of Space
Edward Elmer Smith
Well, I'd like to know what else you'd call it, kidding yourself along like that.
If you'll tell me what he said, maybe I'll be able to tell you whether or not I think he was kidding.Out Like a Light
Gordon Randall Garrett
- 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 kidding
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.