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.
Origin of kidnap
1675–85; kid1Related formskid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, nounkid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, nounun·kid·naped, adjectiveun·kid·napped, adjective
variant of nab
Synonyms for kidnap
, bear off, bear away.
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Related Words for kidnapedcapture
Examples from the Web for kidnaped
Historical Examples of kidnaped
He was kidnaped, and the police have been searching for him for days.
I expect he has suffered untold torments since he was kidnaped.
Not a trace of the ruffian or the kidnaped girl could Frank see.
"You don't mean to say you were kidnaped, too," cried Allingham.
It seemed rather a curious place to which to take a kidnaped victim.
British Dictionary definitions for kidnaped
Derived Formskidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
- (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
Word Origin for kidnap
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnaped
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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