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or kiddie

[kid-ee] /ˈkɪd i/
noun, plural kiddies. Informal.
a child.
Origin of kiddy
First recorded in 1570-80; kid1 + -y2 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for kiddy
Historical Examples
  • But now again the Cuban kiddy drifted towards him, making for the zigzag.

  • She hated the kiddy, but she couldn't bear to see her suffer.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • There was nothing like the pugnacity of the kiddy in these years of Prothero's disaster.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • The kiddy, divinely unconscious, babbled on of Owen and the wonderful gown.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • The kiddy was minute, but her achievements were enormous; she was ridiculous, but she was sublime.

    The Creators

    May Sinclair
  • But there was the kiddy to consider—and, as I told you, there was trouble!

    The Story Of Julia Page Kathleen Norris
  • She gives the kiddy the attention she used to lavish on that black beast, Tara.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • Any kiddy as 'as 'ad 'arf an eddication knows what the plural of ''oss' is, don't he?

  • kiddy made it one and a half—without my asking him,” said Westby.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
  • Didn't your mother ever stop you worrying for things when you were a kiddy?


    M. Leonora Eyles
British Dictionary definitions for kiddy


noun (pl) -dies
(informal) an affectionate word for child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kiddy

also kiddie; 1570s as "young goat;" 1780 as "flash thief;" 1889 as "child," from various senses of kid (n.) + -y (3). Related: Kiddies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kiddy



A child

[1889+; the form kiddey is found by 1823]

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