Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

kith

[kith]
See more synonyms for kith on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. acquaintances, friends, neighbors, or the like; persons living in the same general locality and forming a more or less cohesive group.
  2. kindred.
  3. a group of people living in the same area and forming a culture with a common language, customs, economy, etc., usually endogamous.
Show More

Origin of kith

before 900; Middle English; Old English cȳth, earlier cȳththu kinship, knowledge, equivalent to cūth couth2 + -thu -th1; akin to Gothic kunthi, German Kunde knowledge
Can be confusedkin kith
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for kith

Historical Examples

  • My grandfather is his cousin, so he's kith and kin to me, somehow, if you can make that out.

    Life And Adventures Of Martin Chuzzlewit

    Charles Dickens

  • I reject you, and all of your kith and kin—all the false, hollow, heartless stock.'

    Barnaby Rudge

    Charles Dickens

  • But Meade is the man of their own kith and kin, and they ought to have known him.

  • Gone was the only living man who had stood to him for kith and kin.

    The Lion's Skin

    Rafael Sabatini

  • I cannot serve my own kith and kin, but must seek my bread from the stranger!

    Lord Kilgobbin

    Charles Lever


British Dictionary definitions for kith

kith

noun
  1. one's friends and acquaintances (esp in the phrase kith and kin)
Show More

Word Origin

Old English cӯthth, from cūth; see uncouth
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kith

n.

Old English cyðð "kinship, relationship; kinsfolk, fellow-countrymen, neighbors; native country, home; knowledge, acquaintance, familiarity," from cuð "known," past participle of cunnan "to know" (see can (v.)). Cognate with Old High German chundida. The alliterative phrase kith and kin (late 14c.) originally meant "country and kinsmen" and is almost the word's only survival.

Show More
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper