- 1[intransitive, transitive] (usually used in the progressive tenses) to tell someone something that is not true, especially as a joke synonym joke I thought he was kidding when he said he was going out with a rock star. I didn't mean it. I was only kidding. kid somebody I'm not kidding you. It does work.
- 2[transitive] to allow someone/yourself to believe something that is not true synonym deceive kid somebody/yourself They're kidding themselves if they think it's going to be easy. kid somebody/yourself (that)… I tried to kid myself (that) everything was normal. Idioms
- 1used to emphasize that something is true or that you agree with something that someone has just said “It's cold!” “No kidding!”
- 2used to show that you mean what you are saying I want the money back tomorrow. No kidding.
NAmE//kɪd//(informal)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they kid
he / she / it kids
past simple kidded
-ing form kidding
used to stress the fact that you are telling the truth I kid you not – he ate 27 hot dogs!
I kid you not (humorous)jump to other results
no kidding (informal)jump to other results
used to show that people do not believe what someone says She says her father’s a millionaire, but who is she trying to kid?
Who is somebody trying to kid? (informal)jump to other results
used to show that you are very surprised at something that someone has just said Phrasal Verbskid around
you're kidding, you must be kidding (informal)jump to other results