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kidnap

[kid-nap] /ˈkɪd næp/
verb (used with object), kidnapped or kidnaped, kidnapping or kidnaping.
1.
to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, especially for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
Origin
1675-1685
1675-85; kid1 + nap, variant of nab
Related forms
kidnappee, kidnapee, noun
kidnapper, kidnaper, noun
unkidnaped, adjective
unkidnapped, adjective
Can be confused
hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.
Synonyms
seize, bear off, bear away.
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British Dictionary definitions for kidnapper

kidnap

/ˈkɪdnæp/
verb -naps, -napping, -napped (US) -naps, -naping, -naped
1.
(transitive) to carry off and hold (a person), usually for ransom
Derived Forms
kidnapper, (US) kidnaper, noun
kidnapping, (US) kidnaping, noun
Word Origin
C17: kid1 + obsolete nap to steal; see nab
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Word Origin and History for kidnapper
n.

1670s; see kidnap (though this word is attested a few years earlier).

kidnap

v.

1680s, compound of kid (n.) "child" and nap "snatch away," variant of nab; originally "steal children to provide servants and laborers in the American colonies." Related: Kidnapped; kidnapping.

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