adjective, kind·er, kind·est.
- kind of,
Origin of kind1
- the nature, or natural disposition or character.
- manner; form.
Origin of kind2
Kind (or sort ) of as an adverbial modifier meaning “somewhat” occurs in informal speech and writing: Sales have been kind (or sort ) of slow these last few weeks.
Examples from the Web for kind
His discourse is now more detailed: submission, which is the meaning of islam in Arabic, gives him a kind of enjoyment.Houellebecq’s Incendiary Novel Imagines France With a Muslim President|Pierre Assouline|January 9, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Patrick Klugman, the deputy mayor of Paris, said: “We are living our kind of 9/11,” he said.
When I was in Holland, this is the kind of thing people feared.Ayaan Hirsi Ali: Our Duty Is to Keep Charlie Hebdo Alive|Ayaan Hirsi Ali|January 8, 2015|DAILY BEAST
It's not necessarily a deal-breaker, but it is kind of a top priority.
And “what kind of person,” Steinberg asks, “dares to write a sequel to the Bible?”
A large proportion of mammals have the surface fairly uniformly covered with hair of one kind only.The Vertebrate Skeleton|Sidney H. Reynolds
I bowed my head to conceal the expression which might have told his lordship that I intended to do nothing of the kind.The International Spy|Allen Upward
I discovered that they kept no cattle, nor animals of any kind for food or labor.Mizora: A Prophecy|Mary E. Bradley
He united with this kind of work the more unpleasant occupation of drawing the curiosities of disease or deformity in hospitals.Nonsense Books|Edward Lear
There is a great profusion of fruit, the apples yielding a kind of cider which, however, does not keep longer than a month.
Word Origin for kind
- (of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
- with something of the same sortto return an insult in kind
- (adverb)somewhat; ratherkind of tired
- (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI figured it out. Kind of
Word Origin for kind
"class, sort, variety," from Old English gecynd "kind, nature, race," related to cynn "family" (see kin), from Proto-Germanic *gakundjaz "family, race" (see kind (adj.)). Ælfric's rendition of "the Book of Genesis" into Old English came out gecyndboc. The prefix disappeared 1150-1250. No exact cognates beyond English, but it corresponds to adjective endings such as Goth -kunds, Old High German -kund. Also in English as a suffix (mankind, etc.). Other earlier, now obsolete, senses in English included "character, quality derived from birth" and "manner or way natural or proper to anyone." Use in phrase a kind of (1590s) led to colloquial extension as adverb (1804) in phrases such as kind of stupid ("a kind of stupid (person)").
"friendly, deliberately doing good to others," from Old English gecynde "natural, native, innate," originally "with the feeling of relatives for each other," from Proto-Germanic *gakundiz "natural, native," from *kunjam (see kin), with collective prefix *ga- and abstract suffix *-iz. Sense development from "with natural feelings," to "well-disposed" (c.1300), "benign, compassionate" (c.1300).
In addition to the idiom beginning with kind
- kind of
- all kinds of
- in kind
- nothing of the kind
- of a kind
- two of a kind