Amid some media tumult, the first President Bush had to come out and say in essence, hey, kidding.
The president, who has tangled with his generals, must have been kidding.
We were also easily the most excited to see Mariah Carey because ARE YOU kidding ME IT WAS MARIAH CAREY.
At that point Carl and I said in unison: “Are you kidding me?”
Neither Paul nor Kierkegaard were kidding when they wrote of fear and trembling.
Our meeting consisted in good part of his "kidding" me, because I was lacking in the congenial vices of the caf.
"They're kidding," said Johnny heartily, rising to his feet.
Who do you think you're kidding, Bev, you sanctimonious hypocrite—me?
Say, mister, I was just kidding about being one of Gore's men.
We were kidding Lew because he was still wearing his tin hat and caulked boots from work.
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.
: his kid sister/ my kid cousin
[fr kid, ''an infant goat''; bantering and fooling senses perhaps fr an alteration of dialect cod, ''hoax, fool'']