kidnap

[ kid-nap ]
/ ˈkɪd næp /

verb (used with object), kid·napped or kid·naped, kid·nap·ping or kid·nap·ing.

to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.

Nearby words

  1. kiddo,
  2. kiddush,
  3. kiddy,
  4. kideo,
  5. kidman,
  6. kidnapped,
  7. kidnapper,
  8. kidnapping,
  9. kidney,
  10. kidney bean

Origin of kidnap

1675–85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab

SYNONYMS FOR kidnap
seize, bear off, bear away.

Related formskid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, nounkid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, nounun·kid·naped, adjectiveun·kid·napped, adjective

Can be confusedhijack kidnap shanghai skyjack

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British Dictionary definitions for kidnap

kidnap

/ (ˈkɪdnæp) /

verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped

(tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
Derived Formskidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun

Word Origin for kidnap

C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab

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Word Origin and History for kidnap

kidnap

v.

1680s, compound of kid (n.) "child" and nap "snatch away," variant of nab; originally "steal children to provide servants and laborers in the American colonies." Related: Kidnapped; kidnapping.

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