1 [kid]
Informal. a child or young person.
(used as a familiar form of address.)
a young goat.
leather made from the skin of a kid or goat, used in making shoes and gloves.
a glove made from this leather.
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), kidded, kidding.
(of a goat) to give birth to (young).
made of kidskin.
Informal. younger: his kid sister.

1150–1200; Middle English kide < Old Norse kith

kiddish, adjective
kiddishness, noun
kidlike, adjective Unabridged


2 [kid] Informal.
verb (used with object), kidded, kidding.
to talk or deal jokingly with; banter; jest with: She is always kidded about her accent.
to humbug or fool.
verb (used without object), kidded, kidding.
to speak or act deceptively in jest; jest.

1805–15; perhaps special use of kid1

kidder, noun
kiddingly, adverb

1. tease, josh, rib. Unabridged
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World English Dictionary
kid1 (kɪd)
1.  the young of a goat or of a related animal, such as an antelope
2.  soft smooth leather made from the hide of a kid
3.  informal
 a.  a young person; child
 b.  (modifier) younger or being still a child: kid brother; kid sister
4.  dialect (Liverpool) our kid my younger brother or sister
vb , kids, kidding, kidded
5.  (of a goat) to give birth to (young)
[C12: of Scandinavian origin; compare Old Norse kith, Shetland Islands kidi lamb]

kid2 (kɪd)
vb (sometimes foll by on or along) , kids, kidding, kidded
1.  (tr) to tease or deceive for fun
2.  (intr) to behave or speak deceptively for fun
3.  (tr) to delude or fool (oneself) into believing (something): don't kid yourself that no-one else knows
[C19: probably from kid1]

kid3 (kɪd)
a small wooden tub
[C18: probably variant of kit1 (in the sense: barrel)]

Kid (kɪd)
a variant spelling of (Thomas) Kyd

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Word Origin & History

c.1200, "the young of a goat," from O.N. kið "young goat," from P.Gmc. *kiðjom (cf. Ger. kitz). Extended meaning of "child" first recorded as slang 1599, established in informal usage by 1840s. Kiddo first recorded 1896. Applied to skillful young thieves and pugilists since at least 1812. Kid
stuff "something easy" is from 1923. Kid glove "a glove made of kidskin leather" is from 1687; sense of "characterized by wearing kid gloves," therefore "dainty, delicate" is from 1856.

"tease playfully" (1839), earlier, in thieves' cant, "to coax, wheedle, hoax" (1811), from kid (n.), via notion of "treat as a child, make a kid of."
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Bible Dictionary

Kid definition

the young of the goat. It was much used for food (Gen. 27:9; 38:17; Judg. 6:19; 14:6). The Mosaic law forbade to dress a kid in the milk of its dam, a law which is thrice repeated (Ex. 23:19; 34:26; Deut. 14:21). Among the various reasons assigned for this law, that appears to be the most satisfactory which regards it as "a protest against cruelty and outraging the order of nature." A kid cooked in its mother's milk is "a gross, unwholesome dish, and calculated to kindle animal and ferocious passions, and on this account Moses may have forbidden it. Besides, it is even yet associated with immoderate feasting; and originally, I suspect," says Dr. Thomson (Land and the Book), "was connected with idolatrous sacrifices."

Easton's 1897 Bible Dictionary
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American Heritage
Idioms & Phrases


see all joking (kidding) aside; no kidding.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
Copyright © 1997. Published by Houghton Mifflin.
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Example sentences
She was kidding some one over the wire, lips smiling.
You're kidding yourself if you think you're going to teach them anything else.
She may have been kidding about that last detail, but then again, maybe not.
But all kidding aside, this sleek speaker cube puts out some serious sound.
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