kite

1
[ kahyt ]
/ kaɪt /

noun

verb (used without object), kit·ed, kit·ing.

Informal. to fly or move with a rapid or easy motion like that of a kite.
to obtain money or credit through kites.

verb (used with object), kit·ed, kit·ing.

to employ (a check or the like) as a kite; to cash or pass (a kite, forged check, etc.).

Origin of kite

1
before 900 for def 2; 1655–65 for def 1; Middle English kyte, Old English cȳta kite, bittern; akin to German Kauz owl
Related formskit·er, nounkite·like, adjective

Definition for kite (2 of 3)

kite

2
[ kahyt ]
/ kaɪt /

noun Scot. and North England.


Definition for kite (3 of 3)

kyte

or kite

[ kahyt ]
/ kaɪt /

noun Scot. and North England.

the paunch; stomach; belly.

Origin of kyte

1530–40; perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Icelandic kȳta stomach of the blenny
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British Dictionary definitions for kite (1 of 3)

kite

1
/ (kaɪt) /

noun


verb

Derived Formskiter, noun

Word Origin for kite

Old English cӯta; related to Middle High German küze owl, Old Norse kӯta to quarrel

British Dictionary definitions for kite (2 of 3)

kite

2
/ (kəɪt) /

noun

a variant spelling of kyte

British Dictionary definitions for kite (3 of 3)

kyte

kite

/ (kəɪt) /

noun

Scot the belly

Word Origin for kyte

C16: of uncertain origin
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Idioms and Phrases with kite

kite

see go fly a kite; high as a kite.


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