adjective, kind·er, kind·est.
- kind of,
Origin of kind1
Examples from the Web for kindest
As my marriage to Mark ends, I believe him to be one of the kindest, most generous and loyal human beings on earth.
Donatella Versace, I've heard she's the sweetest, nicest, kindest person in the entire world.Rihanna Goes Gray; Donatella Versace Inspires 'Only God Forgives' Character|The Fashion Beast Team|July 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Her publicist described her as “the sweetest, kindest, just angelic soul” who was “continuously breaking the model stereotype.”Blade Runner’s Beauty Queen: Who Was Reeva Steenkamp?|Lizzie Crocker|February 14, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Few companies are ever left for dead—even those for whom a dignified funeral might be the kindest gesture.
The kindest expression of the latter category I can think of is the great closing scene of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.
And to make matters worse, he is one of the kindest and most considerately helpful of human beings.
They were the kindest people in the world, moved, perhaps, less by curiosity than by concern for our comfort and happiness.Dwellers in Arcady|Albert Bigelow Paine
Papa, I do think I have just the best and kindest father in the whole world!Elsie at Viamede|Martha Finley
You are the kindest, the nicest, the best she continued incoherently, her voice choking with emotion.The Motor Maids Across the Continent|Katherine Stokes
I do not address myself to you as the richest, but as the kindest of my relations; nor do I ask it you as a gift, but as a loan.
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