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Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English kide, from Old Norse kið ‎(young goat), from Proto-Germanic *kidją, *kittīną ‎(goatling, kid), perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *gʰaidn-, *ǵʰaidn- ‎(goat). Compare Swedish, Danish kid, compare German Kitz, Kitze and Albanian kedh, kec ‎(a kid).


A goat kid.

kid ‎(plural kids)

  1. A young goat.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, Robinson Crusoe: Friday's Education,
      I went, indeed, intending to kill a kid out of my own flock; and bring it home and dress it; but as I was going I saw a she-goat lying down in the shade, and two young kids sitting by her.
  2. Of a goat, the state of being pregnant: in kid.
  3. Kidskin.
  4. (uncountable) The meat of a young goat.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, Ivanhoe, Chapter 5,
      So saying, he gathered together, and brought to a flame, the decaying brands which lay scattered on the ample hearth; took from the larger board a mess of pottage and seethed kid, placed it upon the small table at which he had himself supped, and, without waiting the Jew's thanks, went to the other side of the hall; [] .
  5. A young antelope.
  6. (informal) a child, teenager, or young adult; a young person
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, chapter 15, in The China Governess[1]:
      ‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’
    • 2007 July 5, Barack Obama, Remarks of Senator Barack Obama to the National Education Association Annual Meeting,
      Our kids are why all of you are in this room today. Our kids are why you wake up wondering how you'll make a difference and go to bed thinking about tomorrow's lesson plan. Our kids are why you walk into that classroom every day even when you're not getting the support, or the pay, or the respect that you deserve - because you believe that every child should have a chance to succeed; that every child can be taught.
    She's a kid. It's normal for her to have imaginary friends.
  7. (colloquial) An inexperienced person or one in a junior position.
  8. (nautical) A small wooden mess tub in which sailors received their food.
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Derived terms[edit]


kid ‎(third-person singular simple present kids, present participle kidding, simple past and past participle kidded)

  1. (transitive, colloquial) To make a fool of (someone).
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To make a joke with (someone).
  3. (intransitive) Of a goat, to give birth to kids.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To joke.
    You're kidding!
    Only kidding

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Etymology 2[edit]

Compare Welsh cidysen.


kid ‎(plural kids)

  1. A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze.
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From Old Norse kið ‎(kid), from Proto-Germanic *kidją‚ from Proto-Indo-European *gidʰ-.


kid n

  1. a young deer


Inflection of kid 
Singular Plural
Indefinite Definite Indefinite Definite
Nominative kid kidet kid kiden
Genitive kids kidets kids kidens



kid ‎(plural kids)

  1. kiss