American English

Definition of kid noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



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  1. 1[countable] (informal) a child or young person A bunch of kids were hanging around outside. a 15-year-old kid She's a bright kid. How are the kids (= your children)? Do you have any kids? Kid is much more common than child in informal and spoken English. Topic CollocationsChildrenhaving a baby/child want (to have) a baby/a child/children/kids start a family conceive/be expecting/be going to have a baby/child miss your period become/get/ be/find out that you are pregnant have a baby/a child/kids/a son/a daughter/twins/a family have a normal/a difficult/an unwanted pregnancy; an easy/a difficult birth/labor be in/go into/induce labor have/suffer/cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/a baby/a daughter/a son/twinsparenting bring up/raise a child/a family care for/watch a baby/child/kid change a diaper/a baby nurse/feed/breastfeed/bottle-feed a baby be entitled to/go on maternity/paternity leave go back/return to work after maternity leave need/find/get a babysitter/high-quality, affordable childcare/a nanny balance/combine work and childcare/child-rearing/family (life) educate/teach/home-school a child/a kid/children punish/discipline/spoil a child/a kid/children adopt/foster a baby/a child/a kid/children offer a baby for/put a baby up for adoption be placed with/be raised by foster parents
  2. 2[countable] a young goat
  3. 3[uncountable] soft leather made from the skin of a young goat a pair of white kid gloves
  4. Idioms
    handle/treat, etc. somebody with kid gloves
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    to deal with someone in a very careful way so that you do not offend or upset them
    kid stuff (also kids' stuff)
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    something that is so easy to do or understand that it is thought to be not very serious or only suitable for children
    a/the new kid on the block (informal)
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    a person who is new to a place, an organization, etc. Despite his six years in politics, he was still regarded by many as the new kid on the block.
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: kid