1. [late 16C–18C] (also kidd) a child [SE f. 19C].
2. [mid-18C–19C] (UK Und.) a child of either sex, esp. a juvenile thief, known as ‘the kid —’ (their surname).
3. [late 18C] (UK Und.) a member of a confidence team.
4. [late 18C+] (also kyd) a person, usu. young (but not a child).
5. used generically, e.g. of an animal.
6. [mid-19C+] a friend or fellow, often used in direct address.
7. [late 19C–1930s] a tramp’s young companion, poss. a catamite.
8. [late 19C+] (US) a young person, usu. a woman, used affectionately, esp. in direct address.
9. [late 19C+] (orig. US) as one’s kid, one’s younger sibling.
10. [1910s+] used self-referentially, i.e. ‘the kid — ’.
11. [1910s+] (US prison) a catamite, an underage or young homosexual boy; thus kid fruit, KF, an older man who prefers sex with such boys.
12. [1970s] (US black) a sophisticated person.
[late 19C+] childish.
[late 19C+] a small child or an affectionate term for a young woman; often in pl.
1. [early 19C] a young thief, esp. if the father is already ‘in the trade’.
2. [late 19C] a baby, an infant.
[late 19C] (UK Und.) frightening simpletons by telling frightening stories.
[late 19C] a truant officer, employed by the London School Board to track down those refusing to attend school.
see Joe College under joe n.1
[1950s+] (orig. US) a film or video recording aimed at the child audience; also attrib.
[late 19C–1920s] (US Und.) an elite tramp or criminal.
see kidden n.
see lamb n.1 (4)
[late 17C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) robbery that involves waylaying messenger boys and similar youngsters, and defrauding them of the goods they are carrying by offering them money to run a quick errand and promising, during their absence, to look after the goods; thus work the kid v.; kid-layer n.
[mid–late 19C] a very young prostitute; generic for the world of very young female prostitution.
[late 18C–mid-19C] (UK Und.) the robbery of children (occas. adults) sent out on errands (their parcel or the money with which they have been entrusted is taken either by guile or by force).
[2000s] (Aus.) the vagina .
[1910s+] (gay) of an older homosexual male, obsessed with young boys; less common for a heterosexual paedophile whose obsession is for young girls.
[mid–late 19C] (UK Und.) one who trains boys to steal and pick pockets.
[19C] a paedophile.
[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a child molester.
[1950s+] (orig. US, also kideo) children’s TV or videos.
[late 19C–1950s] a schoolmaster; thus kid-whack v.
[early–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a thief’s child.
[1990s+] to defecate.
[late 18C] (UK Und.) to steal parcels from errand boys by promising to hold them while they make another delivery.
under sweet adj.1
[1970s] (US) an excl. of disappointment.