Kim

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See also: kim, kìm, and kiṃ

English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

Clipping of Kimball and Kimberley as a male name, and of Kimberley and Kimberly as a female name.

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A male given name transferred from the surname.
    • 1901, Rudyard Kipling, Kim, Chapter 1
      The half-caste woman who looked after him (she smoked opium, and pretended to keep a second-hand furniture shop by the square where the cheap cabs wait) told the missionaries that she was Kim’s mother’s sister; but his mother had been nursemaid in a colonel's family and had married Kimball O’Hara, a young color-sergeant of the Mavericks, an Irish regiment.
    Kim McCone(name of an Irish linguist)
  2. A female given name transferred from the surname, of 1940s and later usage.
    • 1926, Edna Ferber, Show Boat, Doubleday, Page & Co, page 1:
      Bizarre as was the name she bore, Kim Ravenal always said she was thankful it had been no worse. [] It is no secret that the absurd monosyllable which comprises her given name is made up of the first letters of three states — Kentucky, Illinois, and Missouri — in all of which she was, incredibly enough, born.
    • 1991 Don DeLillo, Mao II, Viking, →ISBN, page 16
      It will take some getting used to, a husband named Kim. She has known girls named Kim since she was a squirt in a sunsuit. Quite a few really. Kimberleys and plain Kims.
Translations[edit]

Etymology 2[edit]

From Korean (gim).

Alternative forms[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A Korean surname, from Korean, the English form of a surname very common in Korea. ( (Gim), hanja: ), the most common Korean surname.
Translations[edit]

Danish[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short form of Joakim.

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A male given name from Hebrew.

References[edit]

  • [1] Danskernes Navne, based on CPR data: 34 878 males with the given name Kim have been registered in Denmark between about 1890 (=the population alive in 1967) and January 2005, with the frequency peak in the 1960s. Accessed on 19 June 2011.

Dutch[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Borrowed from English Kim.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɪm/
  • (file)
  • Hyphenation: Kim
  • Rhymes: -ɪm
  • Homophone: kim

Proper noun[edit]

Kim f or m

  1. A unisex given name from English.

Anagrams[edit]


German[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A diminutive of the male given name Joachim, from Hebrew
  2. A female given name from English, of recent usage

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Short form of Joakim.

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A male given name from Hebrew.

Swedish[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kim c (genitive Kims)

  1. A male given name from Hebrew, shortened from Joakim.
  2. A female given name from English, of recent usage.

Vietnamese[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Sino-Vietnamese word from (gold)

Pronunciation[edit]

Proper noun[edit]

Kim

  1. A surname, from Chinese​.
  2. A female given name from Chinese.

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