Definition of kite noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//kaɪt//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kaɪt//
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  1. 1a toy made of a light frame covered with paper, cloth, etc., that you fly in the air at the end of one or more long strings to fly a kite John wants to fly his new stunt kite. the joys of kite flying
  2. 2 a bird of prey (= a bird that kills other creatures for food) of the hawk family See related entries: Birds
  3. Word OriginOld English cȳta (as a noun in sense (2)); probably of imitative origin and related to German Kauz ‘screech owl’. The toy was so named because it hovers in the air like the bird.Idioms (North American English, informal) used to tell somebody to go away and stop annoying you or interfering (informal) behaving in a very excited way, especially because of being strongly affected by alcohol or drugs See related entries: Excitement
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