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



    BrE BrE//kɪd//
    ; NAmE NAmE//kɪd//
    Youth, Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
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  1. 1  [countable] (informal) a child or young person A bunch of kids were hanging around outside. a kid of 15 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 North American English. CollocationsChildrenHaving a baby/​child want a baby/​a child/​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/​a home birth be in/​go into/​induce labour (especially US English) labor have/​suffer/​cause a miscarriage give birth to a child/​baby/​daughter/​son/​twinsParenting bring up/ (especially North American English) raise a child/​family care for/ (especially British English) look after a baby/​child/​kid change (British English) a nappy/(North American English) a diaper/​a baby 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/​good quality affordable childcare balance/​combine work and childcare/​child-rearing/​family life educate/​teach/​home-school a child/​kid punish/​discipline/​spoil a child/​kid adopt a baby/​child/​kid offer a baby for/​put a baby up for adoption (especially British English) foster a child/​kid be placed with/​be raised by foster parents See related entries: Youth
  2. 2 [countable] a young goat See related entries: Farm animals, Domesticated mammals
  3. 3 [uncountable] soft leather made from the skin of a young goat a pair of white kid gloves
  4. Word Originnoun Middle English (in sense (3)): from Old Norse kith, of Germanic origin; related to German Kitze.Extra examples He’s only a kid. You can’t expect him to understand what’s going on. Here are some fun ways to teach your kids about healthy eating. I feel desperately sorry for the poor kid. I was the fat kid through most of my teenage years. I’ve tried to bring my kids up to respect other people. Now what are you two crazy kids doing? She had offered to watch the kids many times so Toby could go out. She had wanted more kids. She was crying like a kid. She was just a normal kid. That was kids’ stuff compared with what lies ahead. The movie is pure kids’ stuff from beginning to end. The older kids had lessons in the afternoon as well. They had adopted three kids. They had sixteen foster kids and two of their own. They’re just a bunch of kids. We both wanted to have kids. a gang of local kids a skinny little kid who looked to be no older than fourteen a spoiled little rich kid legislation to protect kids from violence and harassment in their schools street kids who rely on their ingenuity to keep alive How are the kids? I have to take the/​my kids to schoolIdioms
    handle/treat, etc. somebody with kid gloves
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    to deal with somebody in a very careful way so that you do not offend or upset them
    kids’ stuff (British English) (North American English kid 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
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    (informal) 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 American Dictionary entry: kid