Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adv. Slightly; somewhat; sort of.

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

  • adv. to some (great or small) extent

Etymologies

From a reanalysis "kind of" in a phrase such as "a kind of merry dance" from noun ("kind") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry". (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • When I pulled into the lot there were only two other cars parked and there seemed to be a kind of desperation about the ferocity with which the VACANCIES sign glowed and hummed.

    The Killing Kind

  • He looked like what Louis would call a “puppy drowner,” the kind of guy who wasn't happy unless he was hurting something smaller and weaker than himself.

    The Killing Kind

  • It didn't look like the kind of car a man of Carter Paragon's stature would drive, so maybe it was what Ms. Torrance used to get around when she wasn't chauffeuring her charge.

    The Killing Kind

  • Arthur Franklin sounded kind of nervous, as if there was somebody standing in the shadows behind him brandishing a length of rubber hose.

    The Killing Kind

  • His formal position in the hierarchy was kind of nebulous, but according to those with more than a passing interest in organized crime, Al Z was the head of the New England operation in everything but name.

    The Killing Kind

  • Bintliff's has a menu so calorific that Weight Watchers should place a permanent picket on the door; gingerbread pancakes with lemon sauce, orange graham French toast, and lobster Benedict are not the kind of breakfast items that contribute to a slim waistline, although they're guaranteed to raise the eyebrows of even the most jaded dietician.

    The Killing Kind

  • The fact that he was also screwing his contact at the rival firm—a woman named Stacey Kean, who had the kind of body that caused highway pileups after Sunday services—made the whole business slightly more complicated.

    The Killing Kind

  • “What are you, some kind of organizer for Burglars Local three-oh-two?”

    The Killing Kind

  • “Mr. Mercier, I didn't mind coming out here but I don't do that kind of work anymore.”

    The Killing Kind

  • She was able to confirm that the bodies had been underground for some time, that there were children's bones among them, and there was damage to some of the visible skulls consistent with the kind of low-velocity impact caused by a blunt instrument.

    The Killing Kind

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.