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."

Primary Meanings of kid

young goat
a young person of either sex
tell false information to for fun
Full Definitions of kid

n young goat

Type of:
caprine animal, goat
any of numerous agile ruminants related to sheep but having a beard and straight horns

n soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat

kid gloves”
Type of:
an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning

n a young person of either sex

“they're just kids
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
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
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

n a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age

“they were able to send their kids to college”
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
(Old Testament) the eldest son of Isaac who would have inherited the covenant that God made with Abraham and that Abraham passed on to Isaac; he traded his birthright to his twin brother Jacob for a mess of pottage
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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

v tell false information to for fun

v be silly or tease one another

“After we relaxed, we just kidded around”
banter, chaff, jolly, josh
Type of:
bait, cod, rag, rally, razz, ride, tantalise, tantalize, taunt, tease, twit
harass with persistent criticism or carping

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