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Etymology 1[edit]

Written form of a reduction of kind of.


Alternative forms[edit]


kinda (not comparable)

  1. (colloquial) kind of; somewhat
    I kinda hafta do this right now.
    That's kinda funny.
    • 1912 October 12, Cooper, Courtney Ryley, “Somewhere Safe to Sea”, in Collier's[1], volume 50, Crowell-Collier Publishing Company, page 18:
      But when I spoke about it he just smiled and shook his head, and started whistling to himself kinda soft.
    • 2006, Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent, Same Kind of Different As Me, page 13,
      In those days, flour sacks was kinda purty. They might come printed up with flowers on em, or birds.
    • 2010, Eric Anthony Galvez DPT CSCS, Reversal: When a Therapist Becomes a Patient, page 37,
      The facial expression on my mask kinda looks like Han Solo in the carbonite...


kinda (plural kindsa)

  1. (colloquial) Contraction of kind of.
    • 2008, Jacob Curtis, The Song Itself: A Gnostic Remembrance, page 68,
      What kinda music do ya want ta play? Do ya want volume or somethin' more subtle?
Derived terms[edit]



  1. Yes in some respects but no in other respects.
    "Are you afraid of a little bit of rain?" "Kinda, yeah."
    • 2000, Ken Wells, Meely LaBauve, New York: Random House, →ISBN, page 212:
      Ah, I see. Meely doesn't tease you. You're best friends, is that right? / Kinda.

Etymology 2[edit]

After the town of Kinda, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

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kinda (plural kindas)

  1. A subspecies of baboon, Papio cynocephalus kindae, primarily found in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and possibly western Tanzania.
    • 2006, The National Geographic Magazine, Volume 212, Issues 4-6, page 18,
      In the wild, when a baboon called a kinda pairs with a chacma or yellow baboon, their progeny is still a baboon — but it's a hybrid of interest to Society grantees Jane Phillips-Conroy and Clifford Jolly, who are tracking gene flow in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.


Vlax Romani[edit]


kinda f

  1. (Lovara) kitchen


  • kinda” in Lovara Romani-English Dictionary, ROMLEX – the Romani Lexicon Project, 2000.