From Middle English kith (“kinsmen, relations”), from Old English cȳþþ, cȳþþu (“kinship, kinsfolk, relations”), from Proto-Germanic *kunþiþō (“knowledge, acquaintance”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵenh₃-, *ǵneh₃- (“to know”). Cognate with Old High German kundida (“kith”), kundī (“knowledge”), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌸𐌹 (kunþi, “knowledge”). More at couth, -th.
- Rhymes: -ɪθ
- (archaic or obsolete) friends and acquaintances
2000 August 3, Michael Kelly, “New Hope For Nice Guys”, in Orlando Sentinel, retrieved 2013-04-06:
- The demography-crossing thing that undergirds this election year, I think, is a strong, broad desire to punish Clinton and his kith with a denial of further power.
- (Northern England and Scotland, rural) An acquaintance or a friend
Variant of kic to bite.
- veil of mystery