Try Our Apps


Avoid these words. Seriously.


[kid-oh] /ˈkɪd oʊ/
noun, plural kiddos, kiddoes.
Informal. (used as a familiar form of address.)
Origin of kiddo
First recorded in 1880-85; kid1 + -o Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for kiddo
Contemporary Examples
Historical Examples
  • "That shows there's one thing about scouting you don't know, kiddo," I told him.

    Roy Blakeley's Camp on Wheels Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • Oh, when father says 'give the kiddo a chance,' then they let me talk.

    Conversation Mary Greer Conklin
  • “Welcome to our city, kiddo,” Jimmie said in his throat, but nobody heard him.

    Turn About Eleanor Ethel M. Kelley
  • Theres fun in doing anything if you set out to like it, kiddo.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Ive played tackle, kiddo, and I know what a guys up against.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • Then Myron felt a hand tugging at his suit-case, and: Let me have it, kiddo, said Joe.

    Full-Back Foster

    Ralph Henry Barbour
  • “Ay bane looking for your razor, kiddo,” said Hulda deferentially.

    The Shriek Charles Somerville
  • Harry said, There you are, kiddo; what have you got to say now?

    Roy Blakeley's Motor Caravan Percy Keese Fitzhugh
  • And if ten dollars means anything to you, kiddo—look this over.

    The Woman Gives

    Owen Johnson
Word Origin and History for kiddo

1893, familiar form of kid (n.) in the "child" sense.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for kiddo



A person, esp one younger than oneself •Used nearly always in direct address: Look, kiddo, I don't think you quite understand/ There's a lot of loot there, kiddo (1905+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Nearby words for kiddo

Word Value for kiddo

Scrabble Words With Friends