Main definitions of kid in English

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kid1

noun

  • 1informal A child or young person.

    ‘she collected the kids from school’
    • ‘Children who were allowed fun food were the cool kids at school and their lunchboxes were always higher currency for swaps.’
    • ‘If the family can afford to send just one of its kids to school, it will always choose the boy child.’
    • ‘He found it difficult to stick to the budget but more problematic was attempting to wean the kids off processed food.’
    • ‘I wanted to know what other kids at my school thought, particularly the girls.’
    • ‘When I was around ten years old, all the kids at school, including the boys, were getting their ears pierced.’
    • ‘Michael, then 4 and used to seeing foster kids come and go, bonded with the new baby.’
    • ‘The government's policy of networking all schools should help overcome this problem by targeting the kids directly.’
    • ‘I used to go to Sherington school, just over the way, and there's no way that many kids were driven to school when I was a nipper.’
    • ‘I had forgotten how much fun really tiny kids are, particularly boys.’
    • ‘Near me was sitting a woman with two kids - a toddler girl on her lap and a boy of about three next to her.’
    • ‘Grateful kids at Whitmore Infant School in Basildon have been packing into the seated area since the structure went up.’
    • ‘Just because someone is a baby, a little kid, a mere youngster, doesn't mean they're not worthy of protecting, does it?’
    • ‘If you went to private school before, say, 1980, it was probably because you were something of a problem child, or a kid with special needs.’
    • ‘We are linking in with youth organisations, going into schools and letting kids know what the initiative is about.’
    • ‘If the child is unresponsive, use more parental interaction, change teachers, change schools, put the kid in special classes, whatever.’
    • ‘Jenny never could relate to the problems the other kids in school had with their parents.’
    • ‘The two of us mothers were not sure if my boy kid and her girl kid would get along and go sledding while we skied, but we risked it.’
    • ‘There is a lot of interaction between boys and girls, rural kids and town kids and also the parents.’
    • ‘My teeth are clenched even thinking about kids treating Franklin the way I watched them treat the kids in my school.’
    • ‘The balls are too heavy for smallish children, but school age and older kids are certain to enjoy the challenge.’
    child, youngster, little one, young one, baby, toddler, infant, boy, girl, young person, minor, juvenile, adolescent, teenager, youth, stripling
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    1. 1.1 Used as an informal form of address.
      ‘we'll be seeing ya, kid!’
      • ‘This is how you'll end up, kids, if you tangle with doughnuts and cough medicine.’
      • ‘And remember: the less you spend, the more you can save, so go easy in those shops, kids!’
      • ‘That's the sort of bad karma that happens to people like that, kids.’
      • ‘Hold onto your hats, kids, it's going to be an exciting ride!’
      • ‘That's called making the most of concurrent annoying situations, kids.’
      • ‘I loathe AND detest the game - and that's all it is, kids, just a silly game.’
      • ‘Beware your Little League baseball coach, kids, he may just screw up your life.’
      • ‘There was the number of somebody in my office, Austin S. Don't dial the number, kids.’
      • ‘Bleep is cunning in making a virtue out of necessity: this is the future, kids.’
      • ‘There are storm clouds looming just over the horizon, kids, and that can only mean one thing.’
      • ‘Like it's ultimately gonna make a blind bit of difference, kids.’
      • ‘It just shows you, kids, don't ever sign a statement if you haven't been through it with a fine-tooth comb.’
      • ‘I got in about a foot from his rear wheel (don't try this in traffic, kids!) and matched his speed.’
      • ‘Stay outa the comedy clubs, kids, you'll get eaten alive if that's your best comeback.’
      • ‘Speaking out in America won't get you shipped off to the gulag, kids.’
      • ‘Just remember that next time you shed a tear for the end of a transport route, kids.’
      • ‘Shock news for the day is that Luke has been fired, which may or may not have something to do with his website. Watch your backs, kids.’
      • ‘It's all about winning, kids, don't let anybody tell you different.’
      • ‘Don't leave a gap of several years between visits to the dentist, kids.’
      • ‘I thought about claiming that as my own, but only karma wins, kids.’
  • 2A young goat.

    • ‘But I think the only kind of kid I could manage to have is a goat kid.’
    • ‘The family's goat kids shared the dwelling so they wouldn't freeze to death in their first winter.’
    • ‘Within the past fortnight he and his staff have helped deliver three lambs, and six African Pygmy goat kids.’
    • ‘The Tamil original is sprinkled with evocative and lovely terms like poongkuttigal for goat kids.’
    • ‘He ignored the oxen like they did not exist and treated the goat kids like they were young colts.’
    1. 2.1mass noun Leather made from a young goat's skin.
      as modifier ‘white kid gloves’
      • ‘Fine kid leather gloves often appear among the accoutrements of fashionable ladies.’
      • ‘I pointed to a pair of wine-red kid leather Dolce & Gabbana pumps.’
      • ‘In her studio she showed us rich, Italian kid leathers, Florentine papers, artisanal glues and brushes.’
      • ‘The faces are made of silk or kid leather, molded and enhanced with embroidered or painted details.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of a goat) give birth.

    ‘milk fever usually occurs in heavy milkers shortly after kidding’
    • ‘The goat will kid each year, often producing twins.’
    • ‘We are awash with a dozen kids all wanting to be bottle fed 3 times a day, new goats to milk, goats still waiting to kid and everything bored stiff and fed up standing in their pens day after day.’
    • ‘We first vaccinated the kids on the 18th April 1995, but we did not know for two years, when the goats eventually kidded whether the vaccination had worked or not, and even then they may not succumb to the disease straight away.’

Phrases

  • kids' stuff

    • informal A thing regarded as very easy or simple to do.

      ‘all this was kids' stuff compared to the directing’
      • ‘Coincidentally… we both share the same birthday and I didn't want the people at work to believe I was still into that kid stuff.’
      • ‘Heaven forbid that a guy likes to work or play, or that he gets distracted by adult life, or that he simply sometimes finds kid stuff boring.’
      • ‘Cartoon Network won't be just kids' stuff for much longer.’
      • ‘He and Zoë have never really gotten along, ever since we were little and they used to fight about who would sit next to me and silly little kid stuff like that.’
      • ‘For a long time, cartoons and animated features looked like kids' stuff.’
      • ‘With help from our favorite athletes and coaches, we've built a game-laden plan that turns staying in shape into kid stuff.’
      • ‘It was obvious that she loved them, but she was frustrated by her inability to be herself, which appeared to me to be a somewhat reserved type of person who wasn't very interested in kid stuff.’
      • ‘Demographic-driven marketing isn't just kid stuff, of course.’
      • ‘Most people still think that video games are sophomoric kid stuff; the ones that have a narrative and emulate the movies seem more serious and, well, mature.’
      • ‘They show that what the front office dismissed as kid stuff was, in reality, the greatest sustained burst of wit in American movie history.’
  • our kid

    • informal One's younger brother or sister (often used as a form of address)

      ‘come here, our kid’
      • ‘‘Shurrup our kid,’ said his older brother Noel, ‘or I'll give you a hiding.’’
      • ‘Meanwhile, between power naps, mojito making, a quick smoothie and facial session yesterday, our kid Jonas caught up with yours truly to talk all things metrosexual.’
      • ‘I sympathise with our kid Jeremy, and I know exactly what it feels like when your heart appears in your throat and your life as an unemployed and discredited industry hack flashes before you.’

Origin

Middle English (in kid (sense 2 of the noun)): from Old Norse kith, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitze.

Pronunciation

kid

/kɪd/

Main definitions of kid in English

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kid2

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • 1Deceive (someone) in a playful way; tease.

    ‘you're kidding me!’
    • ‘I'm around other people's fathers and Ayesha's father used to tease me and Anya, Anya especially, and we kidded him right back.’
    • ‘I saw my friend and stopped to talk for a moment, kidding him about his posh attire (suit and tie - think he must've had an interview or something).’
    • ‘He is kidded and cajoled by his three secret tormentors into approaching her at the bar and making a pitch.’
    • ‘Over the years, you have stayed in touch, exchanged long phone calls and birthday cards and kidded him about marrying well.’
    • ‘My dad used to kid her and tease her about it on election day.’
    • ‘I've been kidding him for years now that this was where he would end up.’
    • ‘How I would kid him about all the air time and the praise he was getting.’
    • ‘And of course, he loved the drinking, to kid me about the drinking.’
    joke, tease, jest, chaff, be facetious
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    1. 1.1with object and clause Fool (someone) into believing something.
      ‘he likes to kid everyone he's the big macho tough guy’
      • ‘We may not all put up such a front, but let's not kid ourselves; We all put up a front or façade, and some are prettier or more elaborate than others.’
      • ‘Every time you turn a page of his autobiography, you're going, you're kidding me, this happened?’
      • ‘Having been beaten by Scotland, England can now stop kidding us - or was it themselves?’
      • ‘Don't kid yourself into believing this means it doesn't go on.’
      • ‘Rather, feeling the need to give a reason, we invent one on the spot and kid ourselves we believe it.’
      • ‘He was a fool to kid himself into thinking he'd made it because he was good.’
      • ‘Those who say that they are willing to sacrifice their self-interest to protect yours are either kidding you, themselves, or both.’
      • ‘Well let us not kid ourselves - our roll of honour is not exactly bursting at the seams with feats of glorious achievement.’
      • ‘He's kidding nobody, least of all his own persecuted people.’
      • ‘I don't kid myself that it will be of interest to anybody but myself, so I've created another blog for the purpose.’
      • ‘If you say you're not thinking about it, you're kidding me.’
      • ‘We can try to kid ourselves into believing that following Jesus isn't such a difficult thing.’
      • ‘We are not fools trying to kid ourselves but we want him to lead as normal a life as possible for as long as he can.’
      • ‘This is one more case where we shouldn't kid ourselves.’
      • ‘And I will not kid myself and pretend that we shall not have more in the future.’
      • ‘Everybody in the terminal - I kid you not, at least two to three hundred people - just started clapping, spontaneously.’
      • ‘I kid myself, of course - but I like to pretend the thing brings good luck.’
      • ‘But let's not kid ourselves into thinking that we will be a service oriented economy for long…’
      • ‘Don't let me kid you into believing that you can develop software with the utmost ease.’
      • ‘We kid ourselves about always being philosophical or gracious in defeat, and while we can be - it is hardly carved in stone.’
      delude, deceive, fool, trick, take in, hoodwink, hoax, beguile, dupe, gull, bamboozle
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    2. 1.2kid aroundno object Behave in a silly way.
      ‘we were just kidding around’
      • ‘Lanier, who was not kidding around, submitted this proposal to an international competition sponsored by the New York Times Magazine to build a time capsule that would preserve information for a thousand years.’
      • ‘‘Carol,’ she said sternly, ‘we are not kidding around here.’’
      • ‘At first I thought he was just kidding around, as did everyone else, but he was genuinely challenging the lecturers, at points raising his voice and even banging on the desk like a child that wasn't getting it's way.’
      • ‘He kids around, annoying Mike and amusing Frank.’
      • ‘He laughs again to show he's not posturing, he's kidding around.’

Phrases

  • just kidding

    • informal Used to indicate that a statement is not to be taken seriously.

      ‘I am quite ready to retire. (Just kidding!)’
  • no kidding

    • informal Used to emphasize the truth of a statement.

      ‘no kidding, she's gone’
      • ‘Next week is, no kidding, National Hug-A-Vending-Machine Week.’
      • ‘it turns out that these people will make ice cream out of anything… including horses, cows, goats, whales, seaweed, garlic, silk, potatoes… no kidding!’
      • ‘There again, I read the novel, which is a trial and half, and no kidding.’
      • ‘Particularly if you're from - no kidding - Toronto.’
      • ‘Yeah, no kidding - I am a hobo, and it's pathetic.’
      • ‘Its been a warm week and work is proving to be the ultimate test in how much heat you can tolerate while working, no kidding!’
      • ‘I've only done it once, and then I slept for a week, no kidding.’
      • ‘He activated a blue strobe light in the vent hood - no kidding - to add a sense of urgency.’
      • ‘I walked into a large chain bookstore in Paris while we were there, and no kidding, the whole first floor was devoted to graphic novels of one form or another.’
      • ‘And, no kidding, I was given some strawberry rhubarb jam to take home as a lovely departing gift.’
  • you must be (or have to be) kidding

    • informal Used to express incredulity about someone's actions or claims.

      ‘two hours to make a hot dog—you must be kidding’
      • ‘You liked it? You have to be kidding me.’
      • ‘You've got to be kidding if you think this administration wants people to conserve energy.’
      • ‘Do you think you can do all these things in 45 minutes? You must be kidding!’
      • ‘Our job is challenging at times, but when you add a couple feet of snow, it's like, you've got to be kidding me.’
      • ‘Drop the price by £ 50,000, one said. You must be kidding, I told him.’

Origin

Early 19th century: perhaps from kid, expressing the notion ‘make a child or goat of’.

Pronunciation

kid

/kɪd/

Main definitions of kid in English

: kid1kid2kid3

kid3

noun

archaic
  • A small wooden tub, especially a sailor's mess tub for grog or rations.

Origin

Mid 18th century: perhaps a variant of kit.

Pronunciation

kid

/kɪd/