adjective, kinder, kindest.
of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person:
a kind and loving person.
having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence:
indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to):
to be kind to animals.
mild; gentle; clement:
British Dialect. loving; affectionate.
a class or group of individual objects, people, animals, etc., of the same nature or character, or classified together because they have traits in common; category:
Our dog is the same kind as theirs.
nature or character as determining likeness or difference between things:
These differ in degree rather than in kind.
a person or thing as being of a particular character or class:
He is a strange kind of hero.
a more or less adequate or inadequate example of something; sort:
The vines formed a kind of roof.
Obsolete. gender; sex.
kind of, Informal. to some extent; somewhat; rather:
The room was kind of dark.
of a kind, of the same class, nature, character, etc.:
They are two of a kind.
having a friendly or generous nature or attitude
helpful to others or to another: a kind deed
considerate or humane
cordial; courteous (esp in the phrase kind regards)
pleasant; agreeable; mild: a kind climate
(informal) beneficial or not harmful: a detergent that is kind to the hands
a class or group having characteristics in common; sort; type: two of a kind, what kind of creature?
an instance or example of a class or group, esp a rudimentary one: heating of a kind
essential nature or character: the difference is one of kind rather than degree
(archaic) gender or sex
(archaic) nature; the natural order
(informal) kind of
“class, sort, variety,” from Old English gecynd “kind, nature, race,” related to cynn “family” (see kin), from Proto-Germanic *gakundjaz “family, race” (see kind (adj.)). Ælfric’s rendition of “the Book of Genesis” into Old English came out gecyndboc. The prefix disappeared 1150-1250. No exact cognates beyond English, but it corresponds to adjective endings such as Goth -kunds, Old High German -kund. Also in English as a suffix (mankind, etc.). Other earlier, now obsolete, senses in English included “character, quality derived from birth” and “manner or way natural or proper to anyone.” Use in phrase a kind of (1590s) led to colloquial extension as adverb (1804) in phrases such as kind of stupid (“a kind of stupid (person)”).
“friendly, deliberately doing good to others,” from Old English gecynde “natural, native, innate,” originally “with the feeling of relatives for each other,” from Proto-Germanic *gakundiz “natural, native,” from *kunjam (see kin), with collective prefix *ga- and abstract suffix *-iz. Sense development from “with natural feelings,” to “well-disposed” (c.1300), “benign, compassionate” (c.1300).
In addition to the idiom beginning with
[kahyn-duh] /ˈkaɪn də/ adverb, Pronunciation Spelling. 1. kind of; rather: The movie was kinda boring. 1890, representing a casual pronunciation of kind of.
[kahynd] /kaɪnd/ adjective, kinder, kindest. 1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person: a kind and loving person. 2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence: kind words. 3. indulgent, considerate, or helpful; humane (often followed by to): to be kind to animals. 4. mild; gentle; clement: kind weather. 5. British Dialect. […]
[kin-der-gahr-tn, -dn] /ˈkɪn dərˌgɑr tn, -dn/ noun 1. a school or class for young children between the ages of four and six years. /ˈkɪndəˌɡɑːtən/ noun 1. a class or small school for young children, usually between the ages of four and six to prepare them for primary education Often shortened to (in Australia and New […]
[kin-der-gahrt-ner, -gahrd-] /ˈkɪn dərˌgɑrt nər, -ˌgɑrd-/ noun 1. a child who attends a kindergarten. 2. a kindergarten teacher. n. “kindergarten teacher,” 1872, from kindergarten + -er (1). The German form kindergartner is recorded in American English from 1863. As “kindergarten pupil,” attested from 1935.