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kid

1
[ kid ]
/ kɪd /
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noun

verb (used with or without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.

(of a goat) to give birth to (young).

adjective

made of kidskin.
Informal. younger: his kid sister.

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boy, infant, daughter, son, youth, teenager, child, baby, girl, youngster, joke, bother, tease, pretend, delude, lad, bairn, juvenile, lass, tot

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kicksorter, kickstand, kickup, kickwheel, kicky, kid, kid around, kid glove, kid gloves, kid stuff, kid the pants off

Origin of kid

1
1150–1200; Middle English kide < Old Norse kith
Related formskid·dish, adjectivekid·dish·ness, nounkid·like, adjective

Definition for kid (2 of 4)

kid

2
[ kid ]
/ kɪd /
Informal.

verb (used with object), kid·ded, kid·ding.

to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
to humbug or fool.

verb (used without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.

to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.

Origin of kid

2
First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of kid1
SYNONYMS FOR kid
Related formskid·der, nounkid·ding·ly, adverb

Definition for kid (3 of 4)

Kid

[ kid ]
/ kɪd /

noun

Thomas. Kyd, Thomas.

Definition for kid (4 of 4)

Kyd

or Kid

[ kid ]
/ kɪd /

noun

Thomas,1558–94, English dramatist.
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British Dictionary definitions for kid (1 of 5)

kid

1
/ (kɪd) /

noun

the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
informal
  1. a young person; child
  2. (modifier) younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister

verb kids, kidding or kidded

(of a goat) to give birth to (young)
Derived Formskiddishness, nounkidlike, adjective

Word Origin for kid

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse kith, Shetland Islands kidi lamb

British Dictionary definitions for kid (2 of 5)

kid

2
/ (kɪd) /

verb kids, kidding or kidded (sometimes foll by on or along) informal

(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
Derived Formskiddingly, adverb

Word Origin for kid

C19: probably from kid 1

British Dictionary definitions for kid (3 of 5)

kid

3
/ (kɪd) /

noun

a small wooden tub

Word Origin for kid

C18: probably variant of kit 1 (in the sense: barrel)

British Dictionary definitions for kid (4 of 5)

Kid

/ (kɪd) /

noun

a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd

British Dictionary definitions for kid (5 of 5)

Kyd

Kid

/ (kɪd) /

noun

Thomas. 1558–94, English dramatist, noted for his revenge play The Spanish Tragedy (1586)
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Idioms and Phrases with kid

kid


In addition to the idioms beginning with kid

  • kid around
  • kid gloves
  • kid stuff
  • kid the pants off

also see:

  • handle with (kid) gloves

Also seekidding.

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