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

  • adj. Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
  • adj. Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: a kind word.
  • adj. Humane; considerate: kind to animals.
  • adj. Forbearing; tolerant: Our neighbor was very kind about the window we broke.
  • adj. Generous; liberal: kind words of praise.
  • adj. Agreeable; beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.
  • n. A group of individuals or instances sharing common traits; a category or sort: different kinds of furniture; a new kind of politics.
  • n. A doubtful or borderline member of a given category: fashioned a kind of shelter; a kind of bluish color.
  • n. Archaic Underlying character as a determinant of the class to which a thing belongs; nature or essence.
  • n. Archaic The natural order or course of things; nature.
  • n. Archaic Manner or fashion.
  • idiom all kinds of Informal Plenty of; ample: We have all kinds of time to finish the job.
  • idiom in kind With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
  • idiom in kind In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
  • idiom kind of Informal Rather; somewhat: I'm kind of hungry.
  • idiom of a kind Of the same kind; alike: My father and my uncle are two of a kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Affectionate, showing benevolence.
  • adj. Favorable.
  • adj. mild, gentle, forgiving
  • n. A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.
  • n. A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.
  • n. One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.
  • n. Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter.
  • n. Equivalent means used as response to an action.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native.
  • adj. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic
  • adj. Showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious.
  • adj. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence.
  • adj. Gentle; tractable; easily governed.
  • n. Nature; natural instinct or disposition.
  • n. Race; genus; species; generic class.
  • n. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion; manner; variety; description
  • transitive v. To beget.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • 1. Native; natural; characteristic; proper to the genus, species, or individual.
  • Of a sympathetic nature or disposition; beneficently disposed: good-hearted; considerate and tender in the treatment of others; benevolent; benignant.
  • Loving; affectionate; full of tenderness; caressing.
  • Marked by sympathetic feeling; proceeding from goodness of heart; amiable; obliging: considerate: as, a kind act; kind treatment; kind regards.
  • Of a favorable character or quality; propitious; serviceable; adaptable; tractable: as, kind weather; a horse kind in harness.
  • = Syn. 2 and 3. Gracious, Good-natured, etc. (see benignant); Kindly, etc. (see kindly); benign, beneficent, bounteous, generous, indulgent, tender, humane, compassionate, good, lenient, clement, mild, gentle, bland, friendly, amicable.
  • To beget.
  • n. Nature; natural constitution or character.
  • n. Natural disposition, propensity, bent, or characteristic.
  • n. Natural descent.
  • n. A class; a sort; a species; a number of individual objects having common characters peculiar to them.
  • n. In a loose use, a variety; a particular variation or variant: as, a kind of low fever. See kind of, below.
  • n. Gender; sex.
  • n. Specific manner or way; method of action or operation.
  • n. Race; family; stock; descent; a line of individuals related as parent or ancestor and child or descendant.
  • n. Blood-relationship.
  • n. Also, in phrases like what kind of a thing is this? he is a poor kind of fellow (that is, a thing of what kind, a fellow of a poor kind), kind of has come to seem like an adjective element before the noun, and hence before a plural noun, after words like some, all, and especially these and those, it sometimes keeps the singular form: as, these kind of people. This inaccuracy is very old, and still far from rare, both in speaking and in writing; but good usage condemns it.
  • n. Synonyms Sort, Kind (see sort); breed, species, set, family, description.
  • n. A cricket.

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

  • n. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
  • adj. having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
  • adj. agreeable, conducive to comfort
  • adj. tolerant and forgiving under provocation


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

Middle English, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural.
Middle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Old English cynde, cynd ("generation").


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