• synonyms


See more synonyms for kid on Thesaurus.com
  1. Informal. a child or young person.
  2. (used as a familiar form of address.)
  3. a young goat.
  4. leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
  5. a glove made from this leather.
Show More
verb (used with or without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young).
Show More
  1. made of kidskin.
  2. Informal. younger: his kid sister.
Show More

Origin of kid1

1150–1200; Middle English kide < Old Norse kith
Related formskid·dish, adjectivekid·dish·ness, nounkid·like, adjective


verb (used with object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
  2. to humbug or fool.
Show More
verb (used without object), kid·ded, kid·ding.
  1. to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.
Show More

Origin of kid2

First recorded in 1805–15; perhaps special use of kid1
Related formskid·der, nounkid·ding·ly, adverb


See more synonyms for on Thesaurus.com
1. tease, josh, rib.
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words


Examples from the Web for kids

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • I've known other kids like you, but none just the same type.

  • "The Denson kids are a heap worse, if she only knew it," he said, and followed her willingly.

  • And he takes hold of kids like you and molds your views like his for life.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • "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.

British Dictionary definitions for kids


  1. the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
  2. soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
  3. informal
    1. a young person; child
    2. (modifier)younger or being still a childkid brother; kid sister
  4. our kid Liverpool dialect my younger brother or sister
Show More
verb kids, kidding or kidded
  1. (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
Show More
Derived Formskiddishness, nounkidlike, adjective

Word Origin

C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse kith, Shetland Islands kidi lamb


verb kids, kidding or kidded (sometimes foll by on or along) informal
  1. (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
  2. (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
  3. (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something)don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
Show More
Derived Formskiddingly, adverb

Word Origin

C19: probably from kid 1


  1. a small wooden tub
Show More

Word Origin

C18: probably variant of kit 1 (in the sense: barrel)


  1. a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd
Show More
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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.

Show More



"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.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kids


In addition to the idioms beginning with kid

  • kid around
  • kid gloves
  • kid stuff
  • kid the pants off

also see:

  • handle with (kid) gloves

Also seekidding.

Show More
The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.