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 kidnapingcapture
Examples from the Web for kidnaping
Historical Examples of kidnaping
Also recall the way the press handled the recent Witla kidnaping case.
Without it, the Bardeks had not been able to enter and effect the kidnaping of your friends.
There is Mr. Hamilton to be thought of, too––his injury, his kidnaping!
Frank then explained about the kidnaping of Professor Scotch by the bandits.
Why condescend to kidnaping a woman and running away with her from the fight?
British Dictionary definitions for kidnaping
verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -naped
Derived Formskidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun
(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 kidnaping
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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