- of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person.
- having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words.
- indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals.
- mild; gentle; clement: kind weather.
- British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
Origin of kind1
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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.A Bishop’s Decision to Divorce
May 4, 2014
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
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?
February 14, 2013
Few companies are ever left for dead—even those for whom a dignified funeral might be the kindest gesture.Benetton’s Rebirth
September 23, 2012
The kindest expression of the latter category I can think of is the great closing scene of Gentlemen Prefer Blondes.Anthony Weiner’s Fear: Being Invisible to Women
June 14, 2011
The kindest attentions of the warmest friendship were awaiting him at Naples.The Life of Horatio Lord Nelson
He felt, just then, that it was the kindest thing he could do.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
Seems to me they are the softest and bluest and kindest in the world.The Gentleman From Indiana
The red-nosed daughters also administered the kindest comfort.Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit
My very best and kindest compliments to her, and to all the children.The Letters of Robert Burns
- having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
- helpful to others or to anothera kind deed
- considerate or humane
- cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
- pleasant; agreeable; milda kind climate
- informal beneficial or not harmfula detergent that is kind to the hands
- archaic loving
- a class or group having characteristics in common; sort; typetwo of a kind; what kind of creature?
- an instance or example of a class or group, esp a rudimentary oneheating of a kind
- essential nature or characterthe difference is one of kind rather than degree
- archaic gender or sex
- archaic nature; the natural order
- in kind
- (of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
- with something of the same sortto return an insult in kind
- kind of informal
- (adverb)somewhat; ratherkind of tired
- (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI figured it out. Kind of
Word Origin and History for kindest
"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).
Idioms and Phrases with kindest
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