See more synonyms for kidnap on Thesaurus.com 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
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British Dictionary definitions for kidnappee
verb -naps, -napping or -napped or US -naps, -naping or -napedDerived Formskidnapper or US kidnaper, nounkidnapping or US kidnaping, noun
- (tr) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
C17: kid 1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnappee
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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