[ kid ]
/ kɪd /

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.

Nearby words

  1. kicksorter,
  2. kickstand,
  3. kickup,
  4. kickwheel,
  5. kicky,
  6. kid around,
  7. kid glove,
  8. kid gloves,
  9. kid stuff,
  10. kid the pants off

Origin of kid

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of kid1

Related formskid·der, nounkid·ding·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for kidder

British Dictionary definitions for kidder


/ (ˈkɪdə) /


a person who kids
Northern English dialect a brother or friend


/ (kɪd) /


the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
  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


/ (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


/ (kɪd) /


a small wooden tub

Word Origin for kid

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


/ (kɪd) /


a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd
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Word Origin and History for kidder
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kidder


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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