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.).

Nearby words

  1. kitchenalia,
  2. kitchener,
  3. kitchenette,
  4. kitchenmaid,
  5. kitchenware,
  6. kite fighting,
  7. kite flying,
  8. kite winder,
  9. kiteflying,
  10. kitemark

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

kite

2
[ kahyt ]
/ kaɪt /

noun Scot. and North England.

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

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

noun

a variant spelling of kyte

kyte

kite

/ (kəɪt) /

noun

Scot the belly

Word Origin for kyte

C16: of uncertain origin

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Word Origin and History for kite
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Idioms and Phrases with kite

kite

see go fly a kite; high as a kite.

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