kite

[ 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.).

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Origin of kite

First recorded before 900 for def. 2; 1655–65 for def. 1; Middle English kyte,Old English cȳta “kite, bittern”; akin to German Kauz “owl”

OTHER WORDS FROM kite

kiter, nounkitelike, adjective
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Example sentences from the Web for kite

  • Nothing that fifteen to twenty grand wouldn't have fixed—but while I scrounged around, trying to get cash, I kited a few checks.

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  • Those who have kited and driven, tell me that driving disturbs and unsettles the birds far more than the kite.

British Dictionary definitions for kite (1 of 2)

kite1
/ (kaɪt) /

noun

verb

Derived forms of kite

kiter, 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 2)

kite2
/ (kəɪt) /

noun

a variant spelling of kyte
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Idioms and Phrases with kite

kite

see go fly a kite; high as a kite.

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