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Meaning of kind by Wiktionary Dictionary



    From Old English cynde, cynd ( “generation” ) .


    • enPR: kīnd, IPA: /kaɪnd/, X-SAMPA: /kaInd/
    • Rhymes: -aɪnd


    kind ( comparative kinder, superlative kindest )

    1. Affectionate, showing benevolence .
    2. Favorable .
    3. mild, gentle, forgiving
      The years have been kind to Richard Gere; he ages well .


    • See also Wikisaurus:affectionate

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    kind ( plural: kinds )

    1. A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together .
      What kind of a person are you?
      This is a strange kind of tobacco .
    2. A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen .
      The opening served as a kind of window .
    3. ( archaic ) One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.
    4. Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter .
      to pay in kind
    5. Equivalent means used as response to an action .
      I'll pay in kind for his insult .

    Usage notes

    In sense “goods or services” or “equivalent means”, used almost exclusively with “in” in expression in kind .


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    • wikisource-logo.svg Kind in the 1911 Encyclopædia Britannica .



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    By Wiktionary ( 2012/06/13 00:04 UTC Version )


    From Middle English -kinde, -kunde, -kuinde, alteration ( due to the noun kind ( “type, class” ) ) of Middle English -kin, -kun, -cun, from Old English -cynn ( “of or belonging to a specified race or family” ), from cynn ( “family, race” ), see kin. Most uses appear to have been formed by analogy with mankind .

    Derived terms

    • ‎animalkind‎
    • ‎apekind‎
    • ‎boykind‎
    • ‎flowerkind‎
    • ‎humankind‎
    • ‎mankind‎
    • ‎wolfkind‎
    • ‎womankind‎

Explanation of kind by Wordnet Dictionary


    1. tolerant and forgiving under provocation

    2. our neighbor was very kind about the window our son broke
    3. agreeable, conducive to comfort

    4. a dry climate kind to asthmatics
      hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet
    5. having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature

    6. kind to sick patients
      a kind master
      kind words showing understanding and sympathy
      thanked her for her kind letter
    1. a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality

    2. what kinds of desserts are there?

    Definition of kind by GCIDE Dictionary


    1. Kind ( kīnd ), a. [Compar. Kinder ( kīndẽr ); superl. Kindest.] [AS. cynde, gecynde, natural, innate, prop. an old p. p. from the root of E. kin. See Kin kindred.]
      1. Characteristic of the species; belonging to one's nature; natural; native. [Obs.] Chaucer.

      It becometh sweeter than it should be, and loseth the kind taste. Holland.

      2. Having feelings befitting our common nature; congenial; sympathetic; as, “a kind man; a kind heart.”

      Yet was he kind, or if severe in aught,

      The love he bore to learning was his fault. Goldsmith.

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

      He is kind unto the unthankful and to evil. Luke vi 35.

      O cruel Death, to those you take more kind

      Than to the wretched mortals left behind. Waller.

      A fellow feeling makes one wondrous kind. Garrick.

      4. Proceeding from, or characterized by, goodness, gentleness, or benevolence; as, “a kind act”. “Manners so kind, yet stately.” Tennyson.

      5. Gentle; tractable; easily governed; as, “a horse kind in harness”.

      Syn. -- Benevolent; benign; beneficent; bounteous; gracious; propitious; generous; forbearing; indulgent; tender; humane; compassionate; good; lenient; clement; mild; gentle; bland; obliging; friendly; amicable. See Obliging.

    2. Kind, n. [OE. kinde, cunde, AS. cynd. See Kind, a.]
      1. Nature; natural instinct or disposition. [Obs.]

      He knew by kind and by no other lore. Chaucer.

      Some of you, on pure instinct of nature,

      Are led by kind t'admire your fellow-creature. Dryden.

      2. Race; genus; species; generic class; as, “in mankind or humankind”. “Come of so low a kind.” Chaucer.

      Every kind of beasts, and of birds. James iii.7.

      She follows the law of her kind. Wordsworth.

      Here to sow the seed of bread,

      That man and all the kinds be fed. Emerson.

      3. Sort; type; class; nature; style; character; fashion; manner; variety; description; as, “there are several kinds of eloquence, of style, and of music; many kinds of government; various kinds of soil, etc.”

      How diversely Love doth his pageants play,

      And snows his power in variable kinds ! Spenser.

      There is one kind of flesh of men, another flesh of beasts, another of fishes, and another of birds. I Cor. xv. 39.

      Diogenes was asked in a kind of scorn: What was the matter that philosophers haunted rich men, and not rich men philosophers? Bacon.

      A kind of, something belonging to the class of; something like to; -- said loosely or slightingly. In kind, in the produce or designated commodity itself, as distinguished from its value in money.

      Tax on tillage was often levied in kind upon corn. Arbuthnot.

      Syn. -- Sort; species; type; class; genus; nature; style; character; breed; set.

    3. Kind, v. t. [See Kin.] To beget. [Obs.] Spenser.