Green’s Dictionary of Slang

kid n.1

[SE kid, a young goat]

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.

In derivatives

kiddish (adj.) (also kid-like)

[late 19C+] childish.

kidlet (n.) [dimin. sfx -let]

[late 19C+] a small child or an affectionate term for a young woman; often in pl.

kidling (n.) [dimin. sfx -ling]

1. [early 19C] a young thief, esp. if the father is already ‘in the trade’.

2. [late 19C] a baby, an infant.

In compounds

kid bouncing (n.)

[late 19C] (UK Und.) frightening simpletons by telling frightening stories.

kid catcher (n.)

[late 19C] a truant officer, employed by the London School Board to track down those refusing to attend school.

kid flick (n.) [play on skin flick under skin adj.2 ]

[1950s+] (orig. US) a film or video recording aimed at the child audience; also attrib.

kid glove (n.) [pun on SE]

[late 19C–1920s] (US Und.) an elite tramp or criminal.

kid lay (n.) [lay n.3 (1)]

[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.

kid leather (n.) [pun on SE/leather n. (2a)]

[mid–late 19C] a very young prostitute; generic for the world of very young female prostitution.

kid-rig (n.) [rig n.2 (1)]

[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).

kid-shitter (n.)

[2000s] (Aus.) the vagina .

kid-simple (adj.)

[1910s+] (gay) of an older homosexual male, obsessed with young boys; less common for a heterosexual paedophile whose obsession is for young girls.

kidsman (n.)

[mid–late 19C] (UK Und.) one who trains boys to steal and pick pockets.

kid stretcher (n.)

[19C] a paedophile.

kid stuffer (n.) [stuff v.1 (1)]

[1980s+] (Aus. prison) a child molester.

kidvid (n.)

[1950s+] (orig. US, also kideo) children’s TV or videos.

kid-whacker (n.) (also brat-whacker) [SE walloper/whacker, Yorks. dial.; 20C+ use mainly Aus.]

[late 19C–1950s] a schoolmaster; thus kid-whack v.

kidwy (n.) [SE wee]

[early–mid-19C] (UK Und.) a thief’s child.

In phrases

drop the kids off (at the pool) (v.)

[1990s+] to defecate.

go upon the kid (v.)

[late 18C] (UK Und.) to steal parcels from errand boys by promising to hold them while they make another delivery.

In exclamations

kid’s shit!

[1970s] (US) an excl. of disappointment.