kind of

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From a reanalysis of kind of in a phrase such as a kind of merry dance from “a kind + of + merry dance” (a type among merry dances) to “a + kind-of merry + dance” (a somewhat merry dance).

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kind of (not comparable)

  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Slightly; somewhat; sort of.
    I'm getting kind of tired. Could we finish tomorrow?
    That's the right answer, kind of.

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