- a check drawn against uncollected or insufficient funds, as for redepositing, with the intention of creating a false balance in the account by taking advantage of the time lapse required for collection.
- a check whose amount has been raised by forgery before cashing.
verb (used without object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
verb (used with object), kit·ed, kit·ing.
Origin of kite1
Examples from the Web for kited
Historical Examples of kited
Those who have kited and driven, tell me that driving disturbs and unsettles the birds far more than the kite.Twenty-Six Years Reminiscences of Scotch Grouse Moors
William Alexander Adams
Nothing that fifteen to twenty grand wouldn't have fixed—but while I scrounged around, trying to get cash, I kited a few checks.Back to Julie
Word Origin for kite
bird of prey (Milvus ictinus), Old English cyta "kind of hawk," probably imitative of its cries (cf. ciegan "to call," German Kauz "screech owl"). The toy kite first so-called 1660s, from its way of hovering in the air like a bird. The dismissive invitation to go fly a kite is attested by 1942, American English, probably tracing to the popular song of the same name (lyrics by Johnny Burke), sung by Bing Crosby in "The Star Maker" (1939):
Go fly a kite and tie your troubles to the tail
They'll be blown away by a merry gale,
Go fly a kite and toss your worries to the wind
And they won't come back, they'll be too chagrined.
"write a fictitious check," 1839, American English, from 1805 phrase fly a kite "raise money by issuing commercial paper on nonexistent funds;" see kite (n.). Related: Kited; kiting.
see go fly a kite; high as a kite.