Definitions for kindkaɪnd

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

kindkaɪnd(adj.)-er, -est.

  1. of a good or benevolent nature or disposition, as a person.

  2. having, showing, or proceeding from benevolence:

    kind words.

  3. considerate or helpful; humane (often fol. by to):

    to be kind to animals.

  4. clement:

    kind weather.

Origin of kind:

bef. 900; ME kind(e) natural, well-disposed, OE gecynde natural


  1. a class or group of animals, people, objects, etc., classified on the basis of common traits; category.

  2. nature or character:

    to differ in degree rather than kind.

  3. an example of something; variety; sort.

  4. a more or less adequate example of something:

    The vines formed a kind of roof.

  5. Archaic. natural disposition or character. manner; form.

  6. Obs. gender; sex.

Idioms for kind:

  1. in kind, in the same way; with something of the same kind as that received. in goods, commodities, or services rather than money:

    payment in kind.

    Category: Idiom

  2. kind of,Informal. to some extent; somewhat; rather:

    It's kind of dark.

    Category: Idiom

  3. of a kind,of the same class, nature, character, etc.:

    two of a kind.

    Category: Idiom

* Usage: The phrase these (or those ) kindof , followed by a plural noun (these kind of flowers; those kind of shoes) is frequently condemned as ungrammatical because it is said to combine a plural demonstrative (these; those) with a singular noun, kind . Historically, kind is an unchanged or unmarked plural noun like deer, folk, sheep, and swine, and the construction thesekindof is an old one, occurring in the writings of Shakespeare, Swift, Jane Austen, and, in modern times, Winston Churchill and Jimmy Carter. kind has also developed the plural kinds , evidently because of the feeling that the old pattern was incorrect. thesekindof nevertheless persists in use, esp. in less formal speech and writing. In edited, more formal prose, thiskindof and thesekindsof are more common. sortof has been influenced by the use of kind as an unchanged plural: these sort of books. This construction too is often considered incorrect and appears mainly in less formal speech and writing. kind (or sort ) of as an adverbial modifier meaning “somewhat” occurs in informal speech and writing: Sales have been kind (or sort) of slow these last few weeks.

Origin of kind:

bef. 900; ME kinde, OE gecynd nature, race, origin; c. OHG kikunt, ON kyndi, L gēns (gen. gentis); akin to kin

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kind, sort, form, variety(adj)

    a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

    "sculpture is a form of art"; "what kinds of desserts are there?"

  2. kind(adj)

    having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior

    "kind to sick patients"; "a kind master"; "kind words showing understanding and sympathy"; "thanked her for her kind letter"

  3. kind, genial(adj)

    agreeable, conducive to comfort

    "a dry climate kind to asthmatics"; "the genial sunshine";"hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet"

  4. kind, tolerant(adj)

    tolerant and forgiving under provocation

    "our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. kind(noun)ɪnd

    a type or sort

    What kind of book is it?; Are you the kind of person who can deal with stress?; I work with all kinds of people.

  2. kindɪnd

    fairly, in a way; = a little

    It's kind of hard for me to understand him.; The cookies were kind of unusual.

  3. kind(adjective)ɪnd

    generous or thoughtful

    a kind woman who would help anyone; a kind gesture; It was kind of him to help.; Be kind to your friends.


  1. kind(Noun)

    A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.

  2. kind(Noun)

    A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.

    The opening served as a kind of window.

  3. kind(Noun)

    One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.

  4. kind(Noun)

    Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter.

    to pay in kind

  5. kind(Noun)

    Equivalent means used as response to an action.

    I'll pay in kind for his insult.

  6. kind(Adjective)

    Affectionate, showing benevolence.

  7. kind(Adjective)


  8. kind(Adjective)

    mild, gentle, forgiving

    The years have been kind to Richard Gere; he ages well.

  9. Origin: From cynde, cynd.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kind

    characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native

  2. Kind

    having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, a kind man; a kind heart

  3. Kind

    showing tenderness or goodness; disposed to do good and confer happiness; averse to hurting or paining; benevolent; benignant; gracious

  4. Kind

    proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, a kind act

  5. Kind

    gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, a horse kind in harness

  6. Kind(adj)

    nature; natural instinct or disposition

  7. Kind(adj)

    race; genus; species; generic class; as, in mankind or humankind

  8. Kind(adj)

    nature; style; character; sort; fashion; manner; variety; description; class; as, there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc

  9. Kind(verb)

    to beget

British National Corpus

  1. Spoken Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Spoken Corpus Frequency: #433

  2. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Written Corpus Frequency: #346

  3. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Nouns Frequency: #100

  4. Adjectives Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kind' in Adjectives Frequency: #714

Anagrams of kind

  1. dink, DINK

  2. DINK

Translations for kind

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


ready or anxious to do good to others; friendly

He's such a kind man; It was very kind of you to look after the children yesterday.

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