Other forms: kids; kidding; kidded

If a farmer offers to introduce you to her kid, you might not know if she means her child or her baby goat.

A kid is a child, informally, and it's also a young goat. Sometimes the word kid means a kind of soft leather made from goat skin. When kid is used as a verb, it means to tease or jokingly deceive someone — to kid them. Some sticklers for formality object to using kid to mean "child," but that meaning has been around since the 1590s. The "teasing" definition of kid comes from the sense of "treat like a child."

Definitions of kid
  1. noun
    young goat
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    type of:
    caprine animal, goat
    any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns
  2. noun
    soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat
    kid gloves”
    synonyms: kidskin
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    type of:
    an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning
  3. noun
    a young person of either sex
    “they're just kids
    synonyms: child, fry, minor, nestling, nipper, shaver, small fry, tiddler, tike, tyke, youngster
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    a child: son or daughter
    a robust child
    a child secretly exchanged for another in infancy
    child prodigy, infant prodigy, wonder child, wunderkind
    a prodigy whose talents are recognized at an early age
    foster child, foster-child, fosterling
    a child who is raised by foster parents
    imp, monkey, rapscallion, rascal, scalawag, scallywag, scamp
    one who is playfully mischievous
    a young child
    a child who has lost both parents
    a young child who is small for his age
    poster child
    a child afflicted by some disease or deformity whose picture is used on posters to raise money for charitable purposes
    kindergartener, kindergartner, preschooler
    a child who attends a preschool or kindergarten
    a word used for misbehaving children
    a child
    bambino, toddler, tot, yearling
    a young child
    a poor and often mischievous city child
    street child, waif
    a homeless child especially one forsaken or orphaned
    foster daughter, foster-daughter
    someone who is raised as a daughter although not related by birth
    foster son, foster-son
    someone who is raised as a son although not related by birth
    poster boy
    a male poster child
    poster girl
    a female poster child
    ragamuffin, tatterdemalion
    a dirty shabbily clothed urchin
    guttersnipe, street urchin
    a child who spends most of his time in the streets, especially in slum areas
    brat, holy terror, little terror, terror
    a very troublesome child
    type of:
    juvenile, juvenile person
    a young person, not fully developed
  4. noun
    a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
    “they were able to send their kids to college”
    synonyms: child
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    a father or mother; one who begets or one who gives birth to or nurtures and raises a child; a relative who plays the role of guardian
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    army brat
    the child of a career officer of the United States Army
    babe, baby, infant
    a very young child (birth to 1 year) who has not yet begun to walk or talk
    female offspring
    a child who is female
    male offspring, man-child
    a child who is male
    a child of your spouse by a former marriage
    blue baby
    an infant born with a bluish color; usually has a defective heart
    a sweet innocent baby
    daughter, girl
    a female human offspring
    abandoned infant, foundling
    a child who has been abandoned and whose parents are unknown
    an infant who is sponsored by an adult (the godparent) at baptism
    neonate, newborn, newborn baby, newborn infant
    a baby from birth to four weeks
    nurseling, nursling, suckling
    an infant considered in relation to its nurse
    papoose, pappoose
    an American Indian infant
    boy, son
    a male human offspring
    a daughter of your spouse by a former marriage
    the son your spouse by a former marriage
    test-tube baby
    a baby conceived by fertilization that occurs outside the mother's body; the woman's ova are removed and mixed with sperm in a culture medium - if fertilization occurs the blastocyte is implanted in the woman's uterus
    war baby
    conceived or born during war
    type of:
    issue, offspring, progeny
    the immediate descendants of a person
  5. verb
    tell false information to for fun
  6. verb
    be silly or tease one another
    “After we relaxed, we just kidded around”
    synonyms: banter, chaff, jolly, josh
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    type of:
    bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
    harass with persistent criticism or carping




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