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or kiddie

[kid-ee] /ˈkɪd i/
noun, plural kiddies. Informal.
a child.
Origin of kiddy
1570-80; kid1 + -y2 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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Examples from the Web for kiddy
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  • She hated the kiddy, but she couldn't bear to see her suffer.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • She gives the kiddy the attention she used to lavish on that black beast, Tara.

    The Tigress Anne Warner
  • The kiddy, divinely unconscious, babbled on of Owen and the wonderful gown.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • kiddy made it one and a half—without my asking him,” said Westby.

    The Jester of St. Timothy's Arthur Stanwood Pier
  • My father died when I was a kiddy, and my mother married again, so I got called by my stepfather's name all my life.

    An Outback Marriage Andrew Barton Paterson
  • Marcella, has it occurred to you what sort of heritage this kiddy of ours has?

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • Didn't your mother ever stop you worrying for things when you were a kiddy?

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • I was wonderin', since we've been acquainted, kiddy, if your pa didn't go the sime road?

  • There was nothing like the pugnacity of the kiddy in these years of Prothero's disaster.

    The Creators May Sinclair
  • "Not enough left to push a kiddy car down Main Street," Watkins said gloomily.

    Death Wish Robert Sheckley
British Dictionary definitions for kiddy


noun (pl) -dies
(informal) an affectionate word for child
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kiddy

also kiddie; 1570s as "young goat;" 1780 as "flash thief;" 1889 as "child," from various senses of kid (n.) + -y (3). Related: Kiddies.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kiddy



A child

[1889+; the form kiddey is found by 1823]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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