kith

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See also: kiþ and kið

English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English kith (kinsmen, relations), from Old English cȳþþ, cȳþþu (kinship, kinsfolk, relations), from Proto-Germanic *kunþiþō (knowledge, acquaintance), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵneh₃- (to know). Cognate with Old High German kundida (kith), kundī (knowledge), Gothic 𐌺𐌿𐌽𐌸𐌹 (kunþi, knowledge). More at couth, -th.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kɪθ/
  • (file)
    Rhymes: -ɪθ

Noun[edit]

kith (usually uncountable, plural kiths)

  1. (archaic or obsolete, uncountable) Friends and acquaintances.
    • 2000 August 3, Michael Kelly, “New Hope For Nice Guys”, in Orlando Sentinel[1], 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.
  2. (Northern England, Scotland, rural, countable) An acquaintance or a friend.

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Variant of kic (I bite).

Noun[edit]

kith m

  1. veil of mystery

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Middle English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Old English cȳþþ, cȳþþu, from Proto-Germanic *kunþiþō.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /kiθ/, /ˈkið(ə)/, /kuθ/, /ˈkuð(ə)/

Noun[edit]

kith (plural kithes)

  1. One's motherland or birthplace; the region or territory where one belongs
  2. One's kin, ethnicity, or lineage; the people one belongs to.
  3. One's descendant; a person from one's line.
  4. Relation; connection by blood, heritage.
  5. (rare) learning, facts
  6. (rare) tradition, good manners.
  7. (rare) The state of knowing someone.
Descendants[edit]
  • English: kith
  • Scots: kith, kyth, kythe
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