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"kid" in British English

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kidnoun

uk   us   /kɪd/
  • kid noun (CHILD)

B1 [C] informal a ​child: He took the kids to the ​park while I was ​working. [C] informal a ​youngperson: He was only 16, just a kid really. [as form of address] What's up, kid?sb's kid sister/brother mainly US informal someone's ​youngersister or ​brotherbe like a kid in a candy store US and Australian English to be very ​happy and ​excited about the things around you, and often ​react to them in a way that is ​silly and not ​controlled: You should have ​seen him when they ​arrived. He was like a kid in a ​candystore.

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kidverb [I or T]

uk   us   /kɪd/ (-dd-) informal
to say something as a ​joke, often making someone ​believe something that is not ​true: Oh no, I ​forgotyourbirthday! Hey, just/only kidding! You ​won first ​prize? You're kidding! (= I'm really ​surprised.) I'm just kidding you!kid yourself to ​believe something that is not ​true, usually because you ​want it to be ​true: He says there's a good ​chance she'll come back to him but I ​think he's kidding himself.
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(Definition of kid from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"kid" in American English

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kidnoun

 us   /kɪd/
  • kid noun (CHILD)

[C] a ​child, or a ​youngadult: I took the kids to the ​park. He’s only 19, just a kid. [C] A kid ​brother or kid ​sister is a ​youngerbrother or ​sister.
  • kid noun (ANIMAL)

[C/U] a ​younggoat, or very ​softleather made from the ​skin of a ​younggoat

kidverb [I/T]

 us   /kɪd/ (-dd-) infml
to say something as a ​joke, often making someone ​believe something that is not ​true: [I] You’re kidding around, aren’t you? [T] Casey’s just kidding you.kid yourself If you kid yourself, you ​believe that something you ​want to be ​true is ​truealthough it ​probably is not: He ​thinks she’ll come back, but I ​think he’s kidding himself.
(Definition of kid from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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