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kid1

[kid]
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noun
  1. Informal. a child or young person.
  2. (used as a familiar form of address.)
  3. a young goat.
  4. leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
  5. a glove made from this leather.
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verb (used with or without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young).
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adjective
  1. made of kidskin.
  2. Informal. younger: his kid sister.
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Origin of kid1

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

kid2

[kid]Informal.
verb (used with object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
  2. to humbug or fool.
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verb (used without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.
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Origin of kid2

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

Synonyms

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1. tease, josh, rib.
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Related Words

jokebotherteasepretenddeludeflimflamragrazzjestjapehoaxjoshbantercozengulljollydupetrickbeguilebamboozle

Examples from the Web for kidding

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • Then you're kidding about that horse going to start in the Thornton Stakes.

    Old Man Curry

    Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan

  • Say, mister, I was just kidding about being one of Gore's men.

    In the Orbit of Saturn

    Roman Frederick Starzl

  • Who do you think you're kidding, Bev, you sanctimonious hypocrite—me?

    Masters of Space

    Edward Elmer Smith

  • Well, I'd like to know what else you'd call it, kidding yourself along like that.

  • If you'll tell me what he said, maybe I'll be able to tell you whether or not I think he was kidding.

    Out Like a Light

    Gordon Randall Garrett


British Dictionary definitions for kidding

kid1

noun
  1. the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
  2. soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
  3. informal
    1. a young person; child
    2. (modifier)younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
  4. our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister
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verb kids, kidding or kidded
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
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Derived Formskiddishness, nounkidlike, adjective

Word Origin

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

kid2

verb kids, kidding or kidded (sometimes foll by on or along) informal
  1. (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
  2. (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
  3. (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something)don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
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Derived Formskiddingly, adverb

Word Origin

C19: probably from kid 1

kid3

noun
  1. a small wooden tub
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Word Origin

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

Kid

noun
  1. a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd
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Word Origin and History for kidding

kid

n.

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.

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kid

v.

"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.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kidding

kidding

see all joking (kidding) aside; no kidding.

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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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