adjective, kind·er, kind·est.
Origin of kind1
Synonyms for kind
Antonyms for kind
Related Words for kindersympathetic, affectionate, charitable, amiable, kindly, kindhearted, cordial, courteous, compassionate, tolerant, gentle, thoughtful, humane, gracious, considerate, friendly, loving, humanitarian, understanding, altruistic
Examples from the Web for kinder
Contemporary Examples of kinder
Mr. Huckabee far overshadows his kinder, gentler Gov. Huckabee.The Devil in Mike Huckabee
January 6, 2015
Your sister-in-law is kinder and truly taken aback that you look “so healthy!”How to Make It Through Thanksgiving Alive
November 26, 2014
One of his kinder letters of recommendation warned that his scholarship was “open to the charge of sensationalism.”Wonder Woman’s Creation Story Is Wilder Than You Could Ever Imagine
November 3, 2014
Carroll was kinder, shrugging that “you can only take a person at his word.”Chris Christie’s Faking It on Gun Rights
July 10, 2014
Sobriety brought a new, kinder, and gentler Womack, who often expressed remorse and regret over his past offenses.Bobby Womack’s Sexual Democracy: The Late Soul Legend Preached Mutual Pleasure
June 29, 2014
Historical Examples of kinder
My friend was, if any thing, kinder and more affectionate than ever.
All that one is able to record is that she was kinder to Yates than she had been at the beginning.In the Midst of Alarms
He kinder started when he see me, jumped on and begin to drive off.
Old mare's kinder skeery o' the engine, so I tied her a piece off.
The eyes were wide apart, and kinder than in the photographs.It Happened in Egypt
C. N. Williamson
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