- 1 • informal A child or young person: she collected the kids from schoolMore example sentences
child, youngster, little one, young one, baby, toddler, infant, boy/girl, young person, minor, juvenile, adolescent, teenager, youth, stripling; offspring, son/daughter; Scottish bairn, weanBritish • informal sprogNorth American • informal rug ratAustralian/New Zealand ankle-biter• derogatory brat, urchin• literary babe
- Near me was sitting a woman with two kids - a toddler girl on her lap and a boy of about three next to her.
- The two of us mothers were not sure if my boy kid and her girl kid would get along and go sledding while we skied, but we risked it.
- Grateful kids at Whitmore Infant School in Basildon have been packing into the seated area since the structure went up.
- 1.1Used as an informal form of address: we’ll be seeing ya, kid!More example sentences
- That's called making the most of concurrent annoying situations, kids.
- Hold onto your hats, kids, it's going to be an exciting ride!
- There was the number of somebody in my office, Austin S. Don't dial the number, kids.
- 2A young goat.More example sentences
- He ignored the oxen like they did not exist and treated the goat kids like they were young colts.
- The family's goat kids shared the dwelling so they wouldn't freeze to death in their first winter.
- The Tamil original is sprinkled with evocative and lovely terms like poongkuttigal for goat kids.
- 2.1 [mass noun] Leather made from a young goat’s skin: [as modifier]: white kid glovesMore example sentences
- I pointed to a pair of wine-red kid leather Dolce & Gabbana pumps.
- In her studio she showed us rich, Italian kid leathers, Florentine papers, artisanal glues and brushes.
- The faces are made of silk or kid leather, molded and enhanced with embroidered or painted details.
verb (kids, kidding, kidded)[no object] Back to top
- (Of a goat) give birth: milk fever usually occurs in heavy milkers shortly after kiddingMore example sentences
- We first vaccinated the kids on the 18th April 1995, but we did not know for two years, when the goats eventually kidded whether the vaccination had worked or not, and even then they may not succumb to the disease straight away.
- The goat will kid each year, often producing twins.
- We are awash with a dozen kids all wanting to be bottle fed 3 times a day, new goats to milk, goats still waiting to kid and everything bored stiff and fed up standing in their pens day after day.
kids' stuff (North American kid stuff)
- • informal A thing regarded as very easy or simple to do: all this was kids' stuff compared to the directingMore example sentences
- It was obvious that she loved them, but she was frustrated by her inability to be herself, which appeared to me to be a somewhat reserved type of person who wasn't very interested in kid stuff.
- Most people still think that video games are sophomoric kid stuff; the ones that have a narrative and emulate the movies seem more serious and, well, mature.
- They show that what the front office dismissed as kid stuff was, in reality, the greatest sustained burst of wit in American movie history.
- British • informal One’s younger brother or sister (often used as a form of address): come here, our kidMore example sentences
- ‘Shurrup our kid,’ said his older brother Noel, ‘or I'll give you a hiding.’
- I sympathise with our kid Jeremy, and I know exactly what it feels like when your heart appears in your throat and your life as an unemployed and discredited industry hack flashes before you.
- Meanwhile, between power naps, mojito making, a quick smoothie and facial session yesterday, our kid Jonas caught up with yours truly to talk all things metrosexual.
Middle English (in sense 2 of the noun): from Old Norse kith, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitze.
verb (kids, kidding, kidded)[with object] • informal
- 1Deceive (someone) in a playful way; tease: you’re kidding me!More example sentences
- My dad used to kid her and tease her about it on election day.
- How I would kid him about all the air time and the praise he was getting.
- I'm around other people's fathers and Ayesha's father used to tease me and Anya, Anya especially, and we kidded him right back.
- 1.1 [with object and clause] Fool (someone) into believing something: he likes to kid everyone he’s the big macho tough guyMore example sentences
- Don't kid yourself into believing this means it doesn't go on.
- We can try to kid ourselves into believing that following Jesus isn't such a difficult thing.
- We are not fools trying to kid ourselves but we want him to lead as normal a life as possible for as long as he can.
- 1.2 [no object] (kid around) Behave in a silly way: we were just kidding aroundMore example sentences
- At first I thought he was just kidding around, as did everyone else, but he was genuinely challenging the lecturers, at points raising his voice and even banging on the desk like a child that wasn't getting it's way.
- He laughs again to show he's not posturing, he's kidding around.
- He kids around, annoying Mike and amusing Frank.
- Used to emphasize the truth of a statement: no kidding, she’s goneMore example sentences
- it turns out that these people will make ice cream out of anything… including horses, cows, goats, whales, seaweed, garlic, silk, potatoes… no kidding!
- Particularly if you're from - no kidding - Toronto.
- Yeah, no kidding - I am a hobo, and it's pathetic.
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- Two cross-talk comedians would find it hard to keep up with these first-class kidders.
- I learned a lesson that night: don't kid a kidder.
- ‘Always the kidder,’ said Benny, letting out another belly laugh.
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- I always kiddingly tell people what I call the orange juice story.
- ‘That shows where we rate,’ Carr said, kiddingly.
- Calok smirked at her and said kiddingly, ‘What hole did you slither out of?’
early 19th century: perhaps from kid1, expressing the notion ‘make a child or goat of’.