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kid Meaning, Definition & Usage

  1. noun a young person of either sex
    tiddler; nipper; tyke; small fry; nestling; youngster; child; fry; shaver; tike; minor.
    • she writes books for children
    • they're just kids
    • `tiddler' is a British term for youngster
  2. noun soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat
    • kid gloves
  3. noun English dramatist (1558-1594)
    Thomas Kyd; Thomas Kid; Kyd.
  4. noun a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    • they had three children
    • they were able to send their kids to college
  5. noun young goat
  6. verb tell false information to for fun
    pull the leg of.
    • Are you pulling my leg?
  7. verb be silly or tease one another
    banter; chaff; josh; jolly.
    • After we relaxed, we just kidded around

Kid noun
Of Scand. origin; cf. Icel. ki, Dan. & Sw. kid; akin to OHG. kizzi, G. kitz, kitzchen, kitzlein.
  1. (Zoöl.) A young goat.
    The . . . leopard shall lie down with the kid. Is. xi. 6
  2. A young child or infant; hence, a simple person, easily imposed on. Slang Charles Reade.
  3. A kind of leather made of the skin of the young goat, or of the skin of rats, etc.
  4. pl. Gloves made of kid. Colloq. & Low
  5. A small wooden mess tub; -- a name given by sailors to one in which they receive their food. Cooper.
Kid intransitive verb
imperfect & past participle Kidded; present participle & verbal noun Kidding
  1. To bring forth a young goat.
Kid noun
Cf. W. cidysen.
  1. A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze. Prov. Eng. Wright.
Kid past participle
  1. of Kythe. Obs. Gower. Chaucer.
Kid transitive verb
  1. See Kiddy, v. t. Slang

Webster 1913