- 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
SynonymsSee more synonyms for kid on Thesaurus.com
- Thomas. Kyd, Thomas.
- Thomas,1558–94, English dramatist.
Examples from the Web for kid
The kid from next door drops by and Marvin talks to him about the stunts in his latest film, Death Hunt.The Story Behind Lee Marvin’s Liberty Valance Smile
January 3, 2015
He stayed up all night, looking at the streets he had biked around as a kid with a whole new sensibility.DJ Spooky Wants You To Question Everything You Know About Music, Technology, and Philosophy
December 27, 2014
After years at the head of a parochial school classroom, he could no longer distinguish one blond Irish Catholic kid from another.Obama’s One Hand Clap With Castro
December 24, 2014
“I was watching ‘Daniel The Tiger’ with my kid and I heard two shots like ‘boom-boom,’” he said.
“I walk my kid to school, passed that cop car everyday,” he said.
You were simply a kid that turned into a man in a day—and turned into a free man!Way of the Lawless
"You let that kid fight his own battles," said Henry Anderson roughly.
And would a man be telling his heart's best secret to a kid like you?
And a kid of sixteen didn't have the judgment—couldn't have.Dust
Mr. and Mrs. Haldeman-Julius
I want to know where that kid with the cigarette was born, and what he thinks of the harbor!The Harbor
- 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
- Thomas. 1558–94, English dramatist, noted for his revenge play The Spanish Tragedy (1586)
Word Origin and History for kid
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.
Idioms and Phrases with kid
In addition to the idioms beginning with kid
- kid around
- kid gloves
- kid stuff
- kid the pants off
- handle with (kid) gloves