from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A young goat.
  • n. The young of a similar animal, such as an antelope.
  • n. The flesh of a young goat.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of a young goat; kidskin.
  • n. An article made from this leather.
  • n. Informal A child.
  • n. Informal A young person.
  • n. Slang Pal. Used as a term of familiar address, especially for a young person: Hi, kid! What's up?
  • adj. Made of kid.
  • adj. Informal Younger than oneself: my kid brother.
  • transitive v. Informal To mock playfully; tease. See Synonyms at banter.
  • transitive v. Informal To deceive in fun; fool.
  • intransitive v. Informal To engage in teasing or good-humored fooling.
  • intransitive v. To bear young. Used of a goat or an antelope.
  • idiom no kidding Used to express disbelief.
  • idiom no kidding Used to express scornful acknowledgment of the obvious.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A young goat.
  • n. Of a goat, the state of being pregnant: in kid
  • n. Kidskin.
  • n. The meat of a young goat.
  • n. A young antelope.
  • n. A child or young person.
  • n. An inexperienced person or one in a junior position.
  • v. To make a fool of (someone)
  • v. To make a joke with (someone)
  • v. Of a goat, to give birth to kids
  • v. To joke

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A young goat.
  • n. A young child or infant; hence, a simple person, easily imposed on.
  • n. A kind of leather made of the skin of the young goat, or of the skin of rats, etc.
  • n. Gloves made of kid.
  • n. A small wooden mess tub; -- a name given by sailors to one in which they receive their food.
  • n. Among pugilists, thieves, gunfighters, etc., a youthful expert; -- chiefly used attributively.
  • n. A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze.
  • intransitive v. To bring forth a young goat.
  • of kythe.
  • transitive v. See kiddy, v. t.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A young goat.
  • n. The flesh of a young goat.
  • n. Leather made from the skin of a kid, used in making shoes and gloves. Much of the leather so used and sold as “kid” is made from other skins.
  • n. The roe deer in its first year.
  • n. A child, especially a male child.
  • n. plural Gloves made of kid or of the leather so called. See def. 3.
  • Made of kid or of the leather so called.
  • See I., 3.
  • To bring forth (young): said especially of a goat.
  • A Middle English preterit of kithe.
  • Known; well-known; famous; renowned: formerly, in poetry, a general term of commendation.
  • To bind up, as a fagot.
  • To hoax; humbug; deceive.
  • n. A small tub; nautical, a small tub or vessel in which sailors receive their food.
  • n. A box or wooden pen built on the deck of a fishing-vessel to receive fish as they are caught.
  • n. A fagot or bundle, as of heath or furze.
  • n. A bundle of sticks or brush planted on a beach to stop shingle or gather sand, to act as a groin.
  • n. A bundle of sticks or twigs strapped in front of the legs to help a rider to keep his seat on a bucking horse.
  • n. A hoax: humbug.
  • n. plural In astronomy, a pair of small stars in the constellation Auriga, represented as kids held in the hand of the charioteer.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. soft smooth leather from the hide of a young goat
  • v. be silly or tease one another
  • v. tell false information to for fun
  • n. a human offspring (son or daughter) of any age
  • n. English dramatist (1558-1594)
  • n. a young person of either sex
  • n. young goat


Middle English kide, from Old Norse kidh.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English kide, from Old Norse kið ("young goat"), compare Swedish, Danish kid, from Proto-Germanic *kiðjom, compare German Kitz, Kitze and Albanian keð,kec ("a kid"). (Wiktionary)



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  • Can't stand pat with that one.

    January 25, 2010

  • Sounds as if you're "butting heads" with the NY Times. (Does that help?)

    Edit: pterodactyl beat me by 7 seconds. It really gets my goat when I forget to see whether someone else has already commented.

    January 25, 2010

  • Hmm... how about the verb "to butt"? Goats butt, so I guess you could call a goat a "butter", which would make a kid a "little butter".

    January 25, 2010

  • The NY Times crossword of 1-3-10 listed kid as the answer to the clue "a little butter". I am trying to figure out the connection. Is it a small goat will produce just a little butter? Seems weak to me.

    January 25, 2010