adjective, kind·er, kind·est.

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.

Nearby words

  1. kincardine,
  2. kincardineshire,
  3. kinchin,
  4. kinchinjunga,
  5. kincob,
  6. kind of,
  7. kind-hearted,
  8. kinda,
  9. kindergarten,
  10. kindergartener

Origin of kind

before 900; Middle English kind(e) natural, well-disposed, Old English gecynde natural, genial1. See kind2

1. mild, benign, benignant, gentle, tender, compassionate. Kind, gracious, kindhearted, kindly imply a sympathetic attitude toward others, and a willingness to do good or give pleasure. Kind implies a deep-seated characteristic shown either habitually or on occasion by considerate behavior: a kind father. Gracious often refers to kindness from a superior or older person to a subordinate, an inferior, a child, etc.: a gracious monarch. Kindhearted implies an emotionally sympathetic nature, sometimes easily imposed upon: a kindhearted old woman. Kindly, a mild word, refers usually to general disposition, appearance, manner, etc.: a kindly face. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for kindest




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

Word Origin for kind

Old English gecynde natural, native; see kind ²




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
  1. (of payment) in goods or produce rather than in money
  2. with something of the same sortto return an insult in kind
kind of informal
  1. (adverb)somewhat; ratherkind of tired
  2. (sentence substitute)used to express reservation or qualified assentI figured it out. Kind of

Word Origin for kind

Old English gecynd nature; compare Old English cyn kin, Gothic kuni race, Old High German kikunt, Latin gens


The mixture of plural and singular constructions, although often used informally with kind and sort, should be avoided in serious writing: children enjoy those kinds (not those kind) of stories; these sorts (not these sort) of distinctions are becoming blurred

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Word Origin and History for kindest
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with kindest


In addition to the idiom beginning with kind

  • kind of

also see:

  • all kinds of
  • in kind
  • nothing of the kind
  • of a kind
  • two of a kind
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