- Informal. a child or young person.
- (used as a familiar form of address.)
- a young goat.
- leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
- a glove made from this leather.
- (of a goat) to give birth to (young).
- made of kidskin.
- Informal. younger: his kid sister.
Origin of kid1
- to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
- to humbug or fool.
- to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.
Origin of kid2
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Examples from the Web for kids
He looks like a man who should have had kids, but now never will.The Muslim Cop Killed by Terrorists
January 9, 2015
Meanwhile two kids were taken from their mother when she flew back to the UK from Turkey.Britain May Spy on Preschoolers Searching for Potential Jihadis
January 7, 2015
His wife passed away and they had kids, and he wanted to focus on being a dad so he just stopped to raise his kids.Coffee Talk with Fred Armisen: On ‘Portlandia,’ Meeting Obama, and Taylor Swift’s Greatness
January 7, 2015
One of the kids had a ball in his hand, and Cuomo took it and tossed it back and forth to an eight year old.Mario Cuomo, Always Moving Us Toward the Light
January 4, 2015
If they were meaningful, we might have realized it before—surely one of these kids wore a cross, or a yarmulke, or a hijab?Harry Potter and the Torah of Terror
Candida Moss, Joel Baden
January 4, 2015
I've known other kids like you, but none just the same type.Way of the Lawless
"The Denson kids are a heap worse, if she only knew it," he said, and followed her willingly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
And he takes hold of kids like you and molds your views like his for life.The Harbor
"Run away, kids," said the tall man, fumbling at his hip pocket.Old Man Curry
Charles E. (Charles Emmett) Van Loan
So, if you'll excuse me, I'll get back and help my wife wrestle with the kids.Stories of a Western Town
- the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
- soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
- a young person; child
- (modifier)younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
- our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister
- (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
- (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
- (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
- (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something)don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
- a small wooden tub
- a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd
Word Origin and History for kids
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.
Idioms and Phrases with kids
In addition to the idioms beginning with kid
- kid around
- kid gloves
- kid stuff
- kid the pants off
- handle with (kid) gloves