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.
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
[kahynd-hahr-tid] /ˈkaɪndˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. having or showing sympathy or kindness: a kindhearted woman.
[kin-jahl] /ˈkɪn dʒɑl/ noun 1. a double-edged knife of the Caucasus, having a broad blade with edges parallel for most of their length, terminating in a long, sharp point.
[kahynd-hahr-tid] /ˈkaɪndˈhɑr tɪd/ adjective 1. having or showing sympathy or kindness: a kindhearted woman. adjective 1. characterized by kindness; sympathetic adj. also kindhearted, 1530s; see kind (adj.) + hearted. Related: Kindheartedly, kindheartedness.
[kin-dl] /ˈkɪn dl/ verb (used with object), kindled, kindling. 1. to start (a fire); cause (a flame, blaze, etc.) to begin burning. 2. to set fire to or ignite (fuel or any combustible matter). 3. to excite; stir up or set going; animate; rouse; inflame: He kindled their hopes of victory. 4. to light up, […]