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  • IPA(key): /kɪd/
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  • Rhymes: -ɪd

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) or Proto-Indo-European *gidʰ- (kid, goatling, little goat). Compare Swedish and Danish kid, German Kitz and Kitze, Albanian kedh and kec.

Sense of child since 1590s as cant, since 1840s in informal use.[1][2]


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.
    He treated the oxen like they didn't exist, but he treated the goat kid like a puppy.
  2. Of a female 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 (usually), teenager, or young adult; a juvenile
    • 1839, Charles Dickens, chapter 20, in Oliver Twist, page 158:
      “So you've got the kid,” said Sikes, when they had all reached the room, closing the door as he spoke.
      “Yes, here he is,” replied Nancy.
      “Did he come quiet?”
      “Like a lamb,” rejoined Nancy.
    • 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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Cooper to this entry?)
  9. (informal) A person whose childhood took place in a particular decade or area.
    Only '90s kids will remember this toy.
    He's been living in Los Angeles for years now, but he's a Florida kid.
  10. (informal) One's son or daughter, regardless of age.
    He was their youngest kid.
  11. (in the vocative) Used as a form of address for a child, teenager or young adult
    No, kid, you didn't do anything wrong; they did!
  12. (dated) A deception; an act of kidding somebody.
Derived terms[edit]
Terms derived from kid (noun)


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 dupe or deceive (someone).
    • 1965, James Holledge, What Makes a Call Girl?, London: Horwitz Publications, page 76:
      `They are all very suspicious about the wording. I am always thinking up new ways of kidding them.'
  3. (transitive, colloquial) To make a joke with (someone).
  4. (intransitive) Of a goat, to give birth to kids.
  5. (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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Wright to this entry?)


  1. ^ kid” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2019.
  2. ^ Francis Grose (1785) A Classical Dictionary of the Vulgar Tongue, page 98: “KID, a child.”





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Further reading[edit]



From Old Swedish kiþ, from Old Norse kið, from Proto-Germanic *kidją‚ from Proto-Indo-European *gidʰ-.



kid n

  1. a young deer


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



kid (nominative plural kids)

  1. kiss