|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|
|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]|
|—vb (sometimes foll by on |
|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 |
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."
see all joking (kidding) aside; no kidding.