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.
- (archaic or obsolete, uncountable) 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, Scotland, rural, countable) An acquaintance or a friend.
Variant of kic (“I bite”).
kith (plural kithes)
- One's motherland or birthplace; the region or territory where one belongs
- One's kin, ethnicity, or lineage; the people one belongs to.
- One's descendant; a person from one's line.
- Relation; connection by blood, heritage.
- (rare) learning, facts
- (rare) tradition, good manners.
- (rare) The state of knowing someone.