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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.
verb (used without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.

Origin of kid

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

Synonyms for kid

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1. tease, josh, rib. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

British Dictionary definitions for kiddingly


  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
verb kids, kidding or kidded
  1. (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


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
Derived Formskiddingly, adverb

Word Origin for kid

C19: probably from kid 1


  1. a small wooden tub

Word Origin for kid

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


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



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kiddingly


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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