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keep the home fires burning etymology A reference to keeping campfires, lights, etc. at one's home village burning, often while part of the population travels elsewhere to hunt, etc.
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To maintain daily routine and provide the necessities of life in a home or community.
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  1. (slang) kiss.
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  • seek
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kegger etymology keg + er
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  1. (slang) A party at which beer is served from a keg.
Synonyms: keg party
kegler etymology From German.
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  1. (US, slang) One who enjoys bowling.
keister etymology Origin uncertain. Originally attested as a criminal cant word for "burglar's tool-box" in 1881. In the XX century a clutch of criminal slang meanings are mentioned, including "safe, strongbox". "Tripe and keister" had been the phrase for a conman's or a pitchman's display case on a tripod. Alternative forms: keester pronunciation
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  1. (slang) The buttocks.
  2. (slang, dated) A safe, a strongbox.
    • 1953, Richard S. Prather, Too many crooks, page 100 ― " [...] The four hundred's yours to take a keister for me. Any cash you find in the box is yours." ― "Four hundred, huh? Don't seem like much. Think there'd be anything in the keister?"
  3. (slang) A suitcase; a satchel.
    • 1942, Billboard, 29 Aug 1942 — page 63 Tripods, keister and loud talk don't make a pitchman any more than do fine feathers make fine birds.
    • 1963, Grace Snyder, Nellie Irene Snyder Yost, No Time on My Hands, page 37 Sometimes Mama was too busy to make the daily rounds of the draws and pockets, in which case she gave us the keister — an old leather satchel used, in its better days to carry the baby's "didies" in — and sent us to bring in the eggs.
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  1. (slang) To conceal something in one's rectum Quick, keister this pot before the cops get here.
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  1. (slang, dated) alternative form of kelper; a Falkland Islander, native to the Falkland Islands.
kelper etymology So-named because the islands are surrounded by much kelp. Alternative forms: Kelper
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, dated) A Falkland Islander, native to the Falkland Islands.
Synonyms: Falkland Islander, Benny
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  1. (slang, US) alternative spelling of ke-mo sah-bee
kemo sabe
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  1. (slang, US) alternative spelling of ke-mo sah-bee
kemosabi etymology Coined for the 1938 Lone Ranger television serial, apparently from a corruption of Spanish quien lo sabe "(he) who knows".
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  1. (colloquial) An appellation given to a wise friend.
The use of this term is mildly offensive among English-speaking Latinos, who see use of the term on the original television serial as fawning on the part of Tonto (whose name means "stupid" in Spanish).
ke-mo sah-bee {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: kemo sabe, kemosabe etymology Of unclear origin; sometimes supposed to derive from a Native American term meaning "trusted friend". It was popularized by the American show , in which characters sometimes addressed each other as Kemo Sabe.
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  1. (US, slang) An address to a friend, said to mean "my trusted friend".
ken pronunciation
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etymology 1 Northern and Scottish dialects from Old English cennan originally “make to know”, causative of cunnan, from Old Norse kenna, from Proto-Germanic *kannijaną, causative of *kunnaną. Cognate to German kennen. The noun meaning “range of sight” is a nautical abbreviation of present participle kenning.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Knowledge or perception.
  2. (nautical) Range of sight.
In common usage a fossil word, found only in the phrase beyond one's ken.
coordinate terms:
  • (nautical range of sight) offing
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verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive, mostly, Scotland) To know, perceive or understand.
  2. (obsolete, mostly, Scotland) To discover by sight; to catch sight of; to descry.
    • 1662 Thomas Salusbury, Galileo's Dialogue Concerning the Two Chief World Systems (Dialogue 2): I proposed to the Mariners, that it would be of great benefit in Navigation to make use of [the telescope] upon the round-top of a ship, to discover and kenne Vessels afar off.
    • Addison We ken them from afar.
    • Shakespeare 'Tis he. I ken the manner of his gait.
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etymology 2 Perhaps from kennel.
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  1. (slang, UK, obsolete) A house, especially a den of thieves.
Kentucky windage
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  1. (US, slang) An adjustment made by a shooter to correct for wind (or motion of the target) by aiming at a point horizontal to the target's position in the sight rather than by adjusting the sight to compensate.
ker- Alternative forms: ka-, ca-, ke-, cha- etymology Now stands in for a thud, but continuation[ cur-], ''Dictionary of the Scots Language'', of Scottish Gaelic cur-, variant of Scottish Gaelic car, cognate with Irish cor, English char, Dutch keer, German Kehre, Greek γύρος 〈gýros〉, gyre. Early uses were often collocated with went.[ ker-, prefix], ''Oxford English Dictionary Online'',
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  1. (often, humorous) Used to form various onomatopoeiae. [The book] has suspense, pathos, bravery, and the bad guys get it in the end with a big KERWHAM!
kerching etymology Imitative of a sound made by an old-fashioned cash register when an amount is rung up. pronunciation
  • /kəˈtʃɪŋ/
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  1. (onomatopoeia, informal, humorous) Said to indicate that someone is obtaining money, especially a comparatively large amount. 2010 - I asked a smiling lawyer what she thought of this policy. She replied, 'I have one word to say on the prospect of taking MPs to court: "Kerching!"' - ,
Synonyms: ka-ching
kernel {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English kernel, kirnel, kurnel, from Old English cyrnel, from Proto-Germanic *kurnilaz, diminutive of *kurną, equivalent to corn + le. Cognate with Yiddish קערנדל 〈qʻrndl〉, Middle Dutch kernel, cornel, Middle High German kornel. Related also to Old Norse kjarni. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɜː(ɹ).nəl/
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  • (US) /ˈkɝnəl/
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  1. The core, center, or essence of an object or system. the kernel of an argument
  2. The central (usually edible) part of a nut, especially once the hard shell has been removed.
  3. A single seed or grain, especially of corn or wheat.
  4. (US) The stone of certain fruits, such as peach or plum.
  5. A small mass around which other matter is concreted; a nucleus; a concretion or hard lump in the flesh.
  6. (computing) The central part of many computer operating system which manages the system's resource and the communication between hardware and software components.
  7. (calculus) A function used to define an integral transform. The Dirichlet kernel convolved with a function yields its Fourier series approximation.
  8. (mathematics) A set of pairs of a mapping's domain which are mapped to the same value.
  9. (mathematics, algebra) Those elements, in the domain of a function, which the function maps to zero. If a function is continuous then its kernel is a closed set.
  10. (mathematics, fuzzy set theory) The set of members of a fuzzy set that are fully included (i.e., whose grade of membership is 1).
  11. (slang) The human clitoris.
    • 2014, Karyn Gerrard, Irene Preston, Lotchie Burton et al, Summer Heat: 10 Spicy Romances That Sizzle Using the blunt end of one of the vibraphone mallets, he pried open her folds. With the balled end of the other, he rhythmically rolled over her kernel.
  • (computing) userland
  • (algebra) support
  • (algebra) root, zero
etymology 1 Abbreviation of kerosene.
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  1. (AU, NZ, colloquial) Kerosene.
    • 1985, Peter Carey, Illywhacker, Faber and Faber 2003, p. 293: The hessian hut glowed yellow with the light of a kero lamp.
etymology 2 {{rfe}}
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  1. A type of wooden drinking vessel produced by the Incas.
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kerrang etymology Imitative.
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  1. The sound of a power chord on an electric guitar.
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  1. (intransitive, informal) To play a power chord on an electric guitar.
    • 2004, Dave Bidini, For Those About to Rock: A Road Map to Being in a Band One of the best moments came during the flashpot blasts in "Closer to the Heart," when the whole crowd came alight, sixteen thousand faces hanging open as Alex, in his fringed monk's robe, kerranged a D-major chord…
    • 1998, Film Review: issues 23-24 Meanwhile, with Brain Stew, Green Day do some serious kerranging on their electric guitars, which they have mixed in with Godzilla vocals (!), to provide a tune of migraine-inducing proportions.
    • 2010, Phil Sutcliffe, AC/DC: High-Voltage Rock 'n' Roll: The Ultimate Illustrated History (page 77) … he stretched his cordless guitar's reach to the limit (and possibly into the realm of apocrypha) by leaving the building mid-solo, taking a cab to a local radio station, and kerranging all the way up to its fiftieth-floor studio.
ket pronunciation
  • /kɛt/
etymology 1 From braket notation invented by .
noun: {{wikipedia}} {{en-noun}}
  1. (physics) A vector, in Hilbert space, especially as representing the state of a quantum mechanical system; the complex conjugate of a bra; a ket vector. Symbolised by |...〉. A particular ket, say |A\rangle, might be represented by a particular column vector. Its corresponding bra, \langle A|, would then be represented by the row vector which is the transpose conjugate of that column vector.
etymology 2 Compare Icelandic kjöt; akin to Swedish kött and Danish kjöd. The use of the term ket for "candy" or "sweets" probably derived from its use to describe sweet meats or as a deterrent to children.
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  1. (Northern England) Carrion; any filth.
  2. (Northumbria) Sweetmeats.
  3. (Geordie) A sweet, treat or candy.
etymology 3 Abbreviation.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (colloquial) ketamine
ketchuppy etymology ketchup + y
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  1. (informal) Resembling, or covered with, ketchup.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (chemistry) The carbonyl group of a ketone.
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  1. (informal) ketogenic a keto diet
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kettle {{slim-wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English ketel, also chetel, from Old Norse ketill and Old English cytel, cetel, citel, both from Proto-Germanic *katilaz, of uncertain origin and formation. Usually regarded as a borrowing of ll catīllus, diminutive of catinus, however, the word may be Germanic confused with the Latin: compare Old High German chezzi, Old English cete, Icelandic kati, ketla. Cognate with Western Frisian tsjettel, Dutch ketel, German Kessel, Swedish kittel, Gothic 𐌺𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃 〈𐌺𐌰𐍄𐌹𐌻𐍃〉. Compare also Russian котёл 〈kotël〉. Oxford English Dictionary 2ed. "kettle" pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkɛtəl/, [ˈkɛ.ɾl̩]
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A vessel for boiling a liquid or cooking food, usually metal and equipped with a lid. To cook pasta, you first need to put the kettle on. There's a hot kettle of soup on the stove.
  2. The quantity held by a kettle.
  3. (British) A vessel for boiling water for tea; a teakettle. Stick the kettle on and we'll have a nice cup of tea.
  4. (geology) A kettle hole, sometimes any pothole.
  5. {{anchor}} (ornithology) A collective term for a group of raptor riding a thermal, especially when migrating.
    • 2006, Keith L. Bildstein, Migrating Raptors of the World: Their Ecology & Conservation - Page 76: The term kettle refers to a group of raptors wheeling or circling in a thermal.
    • 2010, Jean-Luc E. Cartron, Raptors of New Mexico: Kettles can consist of thousands of birds migrating together.
  6. (rail transport, slang) A steam locomotive
  7. (musical instruments) A kettledrum.
In most varieties of English outside the United States (UK, Irish, Australian, New Zealand, Canadian), if not specified otherwise, the kettle usually refers to a vessel for boiling the water for tea.
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  1. (British, of the police) To contain demonstrators in a confined area.
    • 2009, John O'Connor, G20: The upside of kettling, Guardian, pages http// ... to contain demonstrators for hours in a confined spot. This tactic, known as kettling, is seen by some as an attempt to prevent people lawfully demonstrating.
Kevin pronunciation
  • {{enPR}}, /ˈkɛvɪn/
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etymology Name of an Irish seventh century saint, from Irish Caoimhghín or Caoimhín, from Old Irish Cóemgein, "comely birth".
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  1. A given name. It first became popular outside Ireland in the mid-twentieth century.
  2. (British, pejorative, slang) A working-class male.
related terms:
  • pet form: Kev
  • 1990 Ruth Rendell: Going Wrong ISBN 0091743001 page 157: "Guy," he said. He said it slowly and with a certain puzzlement. He said it again, thoughtfully, as if it were a name of someone he had known long ago but couldn't quite place. "Guy. Yes - don't you find it difficult being called that? I mean, if Nora hadn't said, I'd have put you down as a Kevin, or a Barry. Yes, Barry would suit you." He looked like an innocent child, smiling, wide-eyed, his cheeks plump and rosy, defying the object of his insults to take offence.
  • 1996 Frank McCourt: Angela's Ashes. Harper Collins Publishers. ISBN 0 00 649840 X page 203: They sit by the fire smoking and talking about names. Mam says she likes the names Kevin and Sean but Bridey says, Ah no, there's too many of them in Limerick. Jesus, Angela, if you stuck your head out of the door and called , Kevin or Sean, come in for your tea, you'd have half o' Limerick running to your door.
key pronunciation
  • (RP) {{enPR}}, /kʰiː/
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  • Homophones: cay (one pronunciation), quay
etymology 1 From Middle English keye, kaye, keiȝe, from Old English cǣġ, cǣġe, cǣga, from Proto-Germanic *kēgaz, *kēguz, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵogh-, *ǵegh-, *ǵeghn-, related to Old English cǣggian. Cognate with Scots key, kay, Saterland Frisian Koai, Western Frisian kaai, Northern Frisian kay, gml kāk, and perhaps to Middle Dutch keige, gml keie, keige. For the semantic development, note that medieval keys were simply long poles (ending in a hook) with which a crossbar obstructing a door from the inside could be removed from the outside, by lifting it through a hole in the door.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. An object designed to open and close a lock.
    • 1913, Joseph C. Lincoln, 13 , [ Mr. Pratt's Patients] , “We tiptoed into the house, up the stairs and along the hall into the room where the Professor had been spending so much of his time. 'Twas locked, of course, but the Deacon man got a big bunch of keys out of his pocket and commenced to putter with the lock.”
  2. An object designed to fit between two other objects (such as a shaft and a wheel) in a mechanism and maintain their relative orientation.
  3. A crucial step or requirement. exampleThe key to solving this problem is persistence. examplethe key to winning a game
    • John Locke (1632-1705) Those who are accustomed to reason have got the true key of books.
    • Alfred, Lord Tennyson (1809-1892) who keeps the keys of all the creeds
  4. A guide explaining the symbols or terminology of a map or chart; a legend. exampleThe key says that A stands for the accounting department.
  5. A guide to the correct answers of a worksheet or test. exampleSome students cheated by using the answer key.
  6. (computing) One of several small, usually square buttons on a typewriter or computer keyboard, mostly corresponding to text character. examplePress the Escape key.
  7. (music) One of a number of rectangular moving parts on a piano or musical keyboard, each causing a particular sound or note to be produced.
  8. (music) One of various levers on a musical instrument used to select notes, such as a lever opening a hole on a woodwind.
  9. (music) A hierarchical scale of musical notes on which a composition is based. examplethe key of B-flat major
    • 1881, R.L. Stevenson, : A girl, it is true, has always lived in a glass house among reproving relatives, whose word was law; she has been bred up to sacrifice her judgments and take the key submissively from dear papa; and it is wonderful how swiftly she can change her tune into the husband's.
  10. (figurative) The general pitch or tone of a sentence or utterance.
    • William Cowper (1731-1800) You fall at once into a lower key.
  11. (botany) An indehiscent, one-seeded fruit furnished with a wing, such as the fruit of the ash and maple; a samara.
  12. (historical) A manual electrical switch device primarily used for the transmission of Morse code.
  13. (cryptography) A piece of information (e.g. a passphrase) used to encode or decode a message or messages.
  14. (internet) A password restricting access to an IRC channel.
    • 2000, "Robert Erdec", Re: Help; mIRC32; unable to resolve server (on newsgroup alt.irc.mirc) if you know someone who is in the channel, you can query them and ask for the key.
  15. (computing) In a relational database, a field used as an index into another table (not necessarily unique).
  16. (computing) A value that uniquely identifies an entry in an associative array.
  17. (basketball) The free-throw lane together with the circle surrounding the free-throw line, the free-throw lane having formerly been narrower, giving the area the shape of a skeleton key hole. exampleHe shoots from the top of the key.
  18. (biology) A series of logical organize groups of discriminating information which aims to allow the user to correctly identify a taxon.
  19. (slang) Kilogram (though this is more commonly shortened to kay).
    • 2010, David J. Silas, Da Block (page 41) So starting with ten keys of cocaine and two keys of heroin, Derrick put his plan in motion. Soon every major drug dealer and gang chief from Chicago Avenue to Evanston was in his pocket.
  20. (architecture) A piece of wood used as a wedge.
  21. (architecture) The last board of a floor when laid down.
  22. (masonry) A keystone.
  23. That part of the plastering which is forced through between the lath and holds the rest in place.
  24. (rail transport) A wooden support for a rail on the bullhead rail system.
  25. (heraldic charge) The object used to open or close a lock, often used as a heraldic charge. exampleThe coat of arms of Regensburg is gules two keys in saltire argent.
  26. The degree of roughness, or retention ability of a surface to have applied a liquid such as paint, or glue. exampleThe door panel should be sanded down carefully to provide a good key for the new paint.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Indispensable, supremely important. He is the key player on his soccer team.
    • 2007, Mark H. Moss, Shopping as an Entertainment Experience (page 46) Lukas intimates that one of Disney's key attractions was "Main Street USA,” which "mimicked a downtown business district just as Southdale" had done.
  2. Important, salient. She makes several key points.
    • 2006, Edwin Black , Internal Combustion , 2, , “Throughout the 1500s, the populace roiled over a constellation of grievances of which the forest emerged as a key focal point. The popular late Middle Ages fictional character Robin Hood, dressed in green to symbolize the forest, dodged fines for forest offenses and stole from the rich to give to the poor. But his appeal was painfully real and embodied the struggle over wood.”
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The first meaning is distinguished by the definite article, as seen in the quotations.
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  1. To fit (a lock) with a key.
  2. To fit (pieces of a mechanical assembly) with a key to maintain the orientation between them.
  3. To mark or indicate with a symbol indicating membership in a class.
    • 1996 January, Garden Dsign Ideas, second printing, Taunton Press, ISBN 1561580791, page 25, So I worked on a tissue-paper copy of the perimeter plan, outlining groupings of plants of the same species and keying them with letters for the species.
    • 2001, Bruce M. Metzger, The Bible in Translation, ISBN 0801022827, page 87, The volume closes with thirty pages of "Notes, critical and explanatory," in which Thomson provides seventy-six longer or shorter notes keyed to specific sections of the synopsis.
    • 2002, Karen Bromley, Stretching Students' Vocabulary, ISBN 0439288398, page 12, Talk about similarities between the words and write them below to the left of the anchor, keying them with a plus sign (+). Talk about the characteristics that set the words apart and list them below the box to the right, keying them with a tilde sign (~).
    • 2007, Stephen Blake Mettee, Michelle Doland{{,}} and Doris Hall, compilers, The American Directory of Writer's Guidelines, 6th ("2007–2008") edition, ISBN 1884956580, page 757, Indicate the comparative value of each heading by keying it with a number in pencil, in the left margin, as follows:…
  4. (telegraphy and radio telegraphy) To depress (a telegraph key).
  5. (radio) To operate (the transmitter switch of a two-way radio).
  6. (computing) (more usually to key in) To enter (information) by typing on a keyboard or keypad. Our instructor told us to key in our user IDs.
  7. (colloquial) To vandalize (a car, etc.) by scratch with an implement such as a key. He keyed the car that had taken his parking spot.
  8. To link (as one might do with a key or legend).
  9. (intransitive, biology, chiefly, taxonomy) To be identified as a certain taxon when using a key.
  10. To fasten or secure firmly; to fasten or tighten with keys or wedges. {{rfquotek}}
etymology 2 Variant of cay, from Spanish cayo. Alternative forms: cay
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One of a string of small island. "the Florida Keys"
  • kye
etymology 3
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  1. alternative form of quay
keyboard shortcut {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (computing) a key, or more usually a combination of keys, on the keyboard of a personal computer that activates a specific, predefined function
Synonyms: hotkey, hot key, key combo, shortcut key, keybinding, key binding
keyboard smash
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Internet slang) A seemingly random and unintelligible string of character, as produced by smashing a keyboard.
    • 2010, Tabitha Thorlu-Bangura, "Gigs this week 15.11.10", Leeds Student, 15 November 2010: Schlachthofbronx – no, that wasn’t a keyboard smash of excitement at seeing M.I.A. Live, that was just the name of her support act, {{…}}
    • 2012, Virginia Montanez, "Oh the Humanity!", Pittsburgh Magazine, October 2012: All of my attempted heartfelt, nod-worthy and Amen-pulling sentences get interrupted with keyboard smashes. "The Pirates, for the first time in two decades, came so close to a winning season they jksdfj welkfjaf;lkjawe;flk awef;lkwejfj--"
    • 2013, Kate Clark, "Iceage holds nothing back on sophomore album", The North Wind (Northern Michigan University), 21 February 2013: In fact, half the time the lyrics are distinctly English, other times Rønnenfelt’s accent makes it sound like he’s attempting to enunciate a keyboard smash.
keyboard warrior
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  1. (pejorative) A person who behaves aggressively and/or in an inflammatory manner in online text-based discussion media, but at the same time does not behave similarly in real life, potentially due to cowardice, introversion or shyness.
Keystone State etymology A nickname alluding to its having been the central one of the 13 original United States, at the time of formation of the Constitution.
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  1. (informal) Pennsylvania
khaki Alternative forms: carky {{defdate}} etymology From Hindi ख़ाकी 〈ḵẖākī〉 / خاکی 〈kẖạḵy̰〉, from Persian خاکی 〈kẖạḵy̰〉 pronunciation
  • (Aus) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑː.ki/
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  • (Canada) {{enPR}}, /ˈkɑɹ.ki/, /ˈkɑː.ki/, /ˈkæki/
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  • (US) {{enPR}}, /ˈkæ.ki/
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  1. A dull, yellow-brown colour, the colour of dust.
    • 1899, Rudyard Kipling, The Absent-Minded Beggar When you've shouted "Rule Britannia", when you've sung "God Save The Queen",When you've finished killing Kruger with your mouth;Will you kindly drop a shilling in my little tambourineFor a gentleman in khaki ordered South?
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  2. Khaki green, a dull green colour.
    • 1921, War work of the Bureau of Standards, no. 46, page 54. The English Government for a long time has used a type of pigmented dope cover, khaki colored by iron pigments and lampblack, which is called P. C. 10.
    • 2007, Yuji Matsuki, American Fighters Over Europe: Colors & Markings of USAAF Fighters in WWII, page 4, ISBN 0890247110. At the end of World War I, the U.S. Army Air Service painted everything khaki. This khaki was practically the same as British PC10 and can be considered the basis of the later olive drab color.
    • 2010, Martin Windrow, French Foreign Legion: Infantry and Cavalry since 1945, page 52, ISBN 1855326213. In these notes we have used the British rather than the US terms for colours: i.e. 'khaki' here means the drab brown - US 'olive drab' - used for woolen uniforms and 'khaki drill' for the pale yellowish tan - US 'khaki' - used for lightweight summer/tropical dress.
    • Op. cit., page 56 The very loose seroual trousers were made in both sand-khaki drill, and in winter-weight khaki wool for wear with the M1946 battledress blouse.
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  3. A strong cloth of wool or cotton, often used for military or other uniform.
  4. (rare) A soldier wearing a khaki uniform.
  5. (South Africa, slang) A British person (from the colour of the uniform of British troops).
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Dust-coloured; of the colour of dust.
khaya pronunciation
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etymology 1 From the Nguni group of languages khaya
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (South Africa, strictly) A native house or hut.
  2. (South Africa, loosely) Servant's quarters separated from the main house.
  3. (South Africa, slang) Anyone's house or home.
etymology 2 Borrowing from Wolof khaye.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. Any tree of the genus Khaya.
khazi etymology Possibly from Italian casa, via 1870s Cockney word carsey,''A dictionary of slang and unconventional English,'' by {{w|Eric Partridge}} et. al., 8th edition, 2002, [ p. 185] and possibly via Polari and pmlAlan D. Corré, [ "Polari Words from Lingua Franca"] in: ''A Glossary of Lingua Franca'', 5th Edition, 2005 Or a contraction of "Gazebo" Possibly from an African language (Zulu or Swahili are often cited) word "M'khazi" meaning a latrine. Alternative forms: carsey, carsy, karsey, karsy, karzey, karzy, kazi
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (British, slang) A toilet.
Particularly used in "down the khazi". Khazi is now most commonly used in Liverpool, away from its cockney slang roots."Why Do We Say?" (1987) by {{w|Nigel Rees}}
khokhol Alternative forms: khakhol, Khakhol, Khokhol etymology From Russian хохо́л 〈hohól〉, originally meaning “topknot.”
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  1. (pejorative, in a Russian context) A Ukrainian.
    • 1935, A.A. Mossolov, At the Court of the Last Tsar: Beeing the Memoirs of A. A. Mossolov, head of the court chancellery, 1900–1916, London: Methuen, p 142: These Khokhols (the familiar term used, rather slightingly by the Great Russians for the Ukrainians) were drawn up in serried ranks in a public square.
    • 1881, Fyodor Dostoyevsky, transl. Marie von Thilo, Buried Alive: Or, Ten Years Penal Servitude in Siberia, London: Longmans, Green and Co.: [p 145] His parents were Russians, but he had been born on his master’s estate in Little Russia, and prided himself on being a Khókhol, i.e. Little Russian. [p 146] I found good company there, I can tell you—twelve Khokhly,1 all fine fellows and every one of them as strong as a horse. [footnote] 1 Plural of Khókhol.
    • 1875, “Russian Proverbs” in London Quarterly Review, v 138 (Jan–Apr), New York: Leonard Scott Publishing, p 264B: Specially characteristic of Russia, as of a land abounding in endless plains, are two jocular allusions to the inhabitants of the Steppes—‘I can’t bear this crowding,’ a Khokhol, or Little-Russian, is supposed to say, as he upsets a kettle which he finds suspended over a camp-fire in the open plain; and ‘These accursed Muscovites! there’s no driving-room left!’ cries another, as he runs into a verst-post (anwering to our milestone) in the midst of the boundless waste.
    • 1854, Ivan Golovin, The Nations of Russia and Turkey and Their Destiny, part II, London: Trübner & Co., p 3: The Great Russians ought to be carefully distinguished from “the Malo-Russians” or the “Little Russians.” The inhabitants of the Ukraine, or of the governments Tchernifog, Poltava, Kharkof, call the great Russians or the Muscovites “kazaps, goats,” from their wearing beards, and are in their turn termed by the Great Russians khokhols, “hair tufts,” which they themselves call tchub, tchupran, a tuft of the same kind as that which the Chinese wear on the top of the head; this is an old Slavonian custom, as appears from history, which mentions such a one being worn by the Russian Prince Sviatoslav, when carrying on war in Bulgaria.
related terms :
  • khokhlushka, khakhlushka, khokhluchka
K-hole {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (slang) The state of dissociation from the body commonly experienced after taking the drug ketamine.
kiasi {{wikipedia}} etymology From Min Nan (驚死, 惊死 POJ: kiaⁿ-sí); literally: "afraid to die".
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (Singapore, colloquial, derogatory) A coward. Why are you so kiasi? You won't die from getting a small cut on the finger. If everyone dares to bungee jump, why can't you do the same? Are you kiasi or what?!
related terms:
  • kiasu
kibosh Alternative forms: kaibosh, kybosh, kyebosh, kiebosh etymology unknown. Possibilities include:
  • From the Irish caidhp bháis, meaning death cap (the hood put on someone before they were hanged to death, or the "Black cap" worn by English judges when pronouncing the death sentence).
  • From the Scots kye booties, meaning cow boots (the hobble put on cattle to prevent them from straying).
  • {{rfv-etymology}} From the Hebrew כבש, (kbsh) meaning conquer or tread down.
  • {{rfv-etymology}} From the Hebrew חבש, (khbsh) meaning to bind or to imprison.
  • {{rfv-etymology}} Some connection with Turkish boş meaning empty (borrowed as English bosh).
Compare bosh.
  • {{rhymes}}
  • (GenAM) [ˈkaɪˌbɑʃ], [kaɪˈbɑʃ], or [kɪˈbɑʃ]
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  1. (slang, dated) Nonsense, bosh. {{defdate}}
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  2. (slang) A checking or restraining element. {{only used in}}.
  3. (slang, dated) Fashion; style.
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  1. (transitive) To decisively terminate.
kick pronunciation
  • /kɪk/, [kʰɪk]
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etymology 1 From Middle English kiken, probably from Old Norse kikna and keikja (compare Old Norse keikr), from Proto-Germanic *kaik-, *kaikaz, of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kī-, *kij-, from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeyǝ-. Compare also Dutch kijken, gml kīken. See keek.
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (transitive) To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg. Did you kick your brother?
    • 1877, , , Chapter 1: My Early Home, Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.
    • 1895, , , Chapter XII: Friends and Foes, I was cuffed by the women and kicked by the men because I would not swallow it.
    • 1905, , , Chapter 6, A punt is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it just before it touches the ground.
    • 1919, , , The Teacher: concerning Kate Swift, Will Henderson, who had on a light overcoat and no overshoes, kicked the heel of his left foot with the toe of the right.
  2. (intransitive) To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something. He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick.
    • 1904, , , Chapter II: Rope Jumping, and What Followed, "If you did that, I'd kick," answered Freddie, and began to kick real hard into the air.
  3. (transitive) To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg. Kick the ball into the goal.
    • 1905, , , Chapter 7, Sometimes he can kick the ball forward along the ground until it is kicked in goal, where he can fall on it for a touchdown.
  4. (with "off" or "out") To eject summarily.
    • 1936 October, , , published in "He's been mad at me ever since I fired him off'n my payroll. After I kicked him off'n my ranch he run for sheriff, and the night of the election everybody was so drunk they voted for him by mistake, or for a joke, or somethin', and since he's been in office he's been lettin' the sheepmen steal me right out of house and home."
    • 1976 February 3, , , They are the ones who give hobbyists a bad name, and should be kicked out of any club meeting they show up at.
  5. (Internet) To remove a participant from an online activity. He was kicked by ChanServ for flooding.
  6. (slang) To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free onself of (a problem). By taking that medication, he managed to get his triggered phobia of heights kicked. I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
  7. To move or push suddenly and violently. He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
    • 2011, Tom Andry, Bob Moore: No Hero, The back of the car kicked out violently, forcing me to steer into the slide and accelerate in order to maintain control.
  8. (of a firearm) To recoil; to push by recoiling.
    • 2003, Jennifer C. D. Groomes, The Falcon Project, page 174, Lying on the ground, when fired, it kicked me back a foot. There was no way a person my size was going to be able to do an effective job with this gun.
    • 2006, Daniel D. Scherschel, Maple Grove, page 81, I asked my sister Jeanette if she wanted to shoot the 12 ga. shotgun. She replied, "does it kick"?
  9. (chess, transitive) To attack (a piece) in order to force it to move.
  • German: kicken
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A hit or strike with the leg or foot or knee. A kick to the knee.
    • 1890, , , Chapter VII: A Raid on the Stable-Beer Dives, A kick of his boot-heel sent the door flying into the room.
    • 2011, Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England Elsad Zverotic gave Montenegro hope with a goal with the last kick of the first half - and when Rooney was deservedly shown red by referee Wolfgang Stark, England were placed under pressure they could not survive.
  2. The action of swing a foot or leg. The ballerina did a high kick and a leap.
  3. (colloquial) Something that tickle the fancy; something fun or amusing. I finally saw the show. What a kick! I think I sprained something on my latest exercise kick.
  4. (Internet) The removal of a person from an online activity.
  5. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is presse causes a video game character to kick.
  6. (figuratively) Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet. The car had a nasty kick the whole way. The pool ball took a wild kick, up off the table.
  7. (uncountable and countable) piquancy
    • 2002, Ellen and Michael Albertson, Temptations, , ISBN 0743229800, page 124 : Add a little cascabel pepper to ordinary tomato sauce to give it a kick.
    • 2003, Sheree Bykofsky and Megan Buckley, Sexy City Cocktails, , ISBN 1580629172, page 129 : For extra kick, hollow out a lime, float it on top of the drink, and fill it with tequila.
    • 2007 August 27, , "Lone Sailors", , volume 83, Issues 22-28 The first time I saw "Deep Water," the trace of mystery in the Crowhurst affair gave the movie a kick of excitement.
  8. A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
  9. (soccer) A pass played by kicking with the foot.
  10. (soccer) The distance traveled by kicking the ball. a long kick up the field.
  11. a recoil of a gun.
  12. (informal) pocket
  13. An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
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  • German: Kick
etymology 2 Shortening of kick the bucket
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To die.
kick around Alternative forms: kickaround, kick-around
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  1. An informal game of football, rugby or similar sports
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  1. to abuse or mistreat; to bully Don't be afraid to kick it around a little. It is sturdy.
  2. to wander loose; to float around; to hang around (usually present continuous) Is this your pen I found kicking around in my drawer?
kick ass Alternative forms: kick arse (Australia, New Zealand, UK)
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  1. (idiomatic, US, Canada, colloquial) To be very impressive. The soundtrack to this film really kicks ass!
  2. (idiomatic, US, Canada, colloquial) To beat someone in a competition, fight, or other situation. You will kick his ass with your improved serve.
  3. (idiomatic, US, Canada, colloquial) To beat someone in a fight. I kicked your ass twice and I'll do it again.
Synonyms: kick butt, rock, rule
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  1. (slang) Used to express happiness or a feeling of accomplishment. Kick ass! I just got my friend to stop playing that stupid song!
related terms:
  • kick-ass
kick-ass Alternative forms: kickass pronunciation
  • /ˈkɪkæs/
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Rough, aggressive; powerful and successful.
  2. (slang) Excellent, first-class.
    • 2007, The Guardian, 5 Jan., p. 3, His plan is to create a company of 20 “kick-ass” dancers.
related terms:
  • kick ass
kick ass and take names
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. (idiomatic, US, Canada, colloquial) To beat someone in a competition, fight, or other situation.
    • 1987, Pat Conroy, The Lords of Discipline, p. 394: We kick ass and take names and call muster.
    • 1990, David H. Hackworth, ‎Julie Sherman, About Face: The Odyssey of an American Warrior, p. 217: Hell, I thought, if I were wearing that star, I'd kick ass and take names and have this place turned upside down in a week.
    • 2012, Robert Fitzpatrick, Betrayal, p. 17: “Fitz,” Assistant Director Roy McKinnon said the day he summoned me to his office at headquarters in Washington in late 1980, “we need an Irishman to go to Boston to kick ass and take names.”
kick butt Alternative forms: kick ass (US, Canada)
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  1. (slang, idiomatic) To be impressive; to be decisively good or pleasant. I never thought I'd say it, but being the governor of California kicks butt!
Synonyms: rock, rule
related terms:
  • get one's butt kicked
kicked pronunciation
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  1. en-past of kick
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang, smoking, of a pipe) Empty with nothing left to smoke but ash.
Synonyms: caked
kicker {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɪkɚ/
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etymology {{-er}} The southern-U.S. sense referring to a person derives from shit-kicker, referring to a cowboy with boots used to kick away cow manure.
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  1. One who kicks.
  2. (sports) One who takes kicks.
  3. (nautical) The kicking strap.
  4. (nautical, informal) An outboard motor.
  5. (colloquial) An unexpected situation, detail or circumstance, often unpleasant. John wants to climb the wall, but the kicker is that it is thirty feet tall. Tuition is free; the kicker is that mandatory room and board costs twice as much as at other colleges.
  6. (finance) An enticement for investors, e.g. warranty added to the investment contract.
  7. (poker) An unpaired card which is part of a pair, two pair, or three of a kind poker hand. Jill's hand was two pair, aces and sevens, with a king kicker.
  8. (slang, Southern US) A particular type of Texan who is associated with country/western attire, attitudes{{,}} and/or philosophy.
  9. (journalism) The last one or two paragraphs of a story.
  • rekick
kicking pronunciation IPA: US: /ˈkɪk.ɪŋ/,[ˈkɪk.n̩]
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  1. (slang) (often kickin') Terrific, great (of clothes) smart, fashionable. a kicking pair of jeans a kicking party
  2. (slang) Alive, active (especially in the phrase alive and kicking) still kicking at 89
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  1. The action of the verb to kick. In boxing, kicking one's opponent is not allowed.
  2. A violent assault involving repeated kicks. The bullies pushed the boy over and gave him a kicking.
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  1. present participle of kick
kick off
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  1. (ambitransitive) To make the first kick in a game or part of a game. exampleThe players kick off for the third quarter and the clock starts.
  2. (idiomatic, ambitransitive) To start; to launch. exampleLet's kick off this project with a planning meeting.
    • 2013, Louise Taylor, English talent gets left behind as Premier League keeps importing (in The Guardian, 20 August 2013) Not since Coventry in 1992 has a Premier League side kicked off a campaign with an all-English XI but things have reached the point where, of the 61 signings who have cost the elite division's 20 clubs a transfer fee this summer, only 12 have involved Englishmen.
  3. To dismiss; to expel; to remove from a position. exampleI got kicked off the team after a string of poor performances
  4. (idiomatic, colloquial, euphemistic) To die or quit permanently. exampleIt's a wonder that old dog hasn't kicked off yet.
  5. (idiomatic) To shut down or turn off suddenly. exampleThe washer was working fine until it kicked off in the middle of a cycle.
  6. (US, idiomatic, ranching, slang) To force the weaning of a bovine cow's calf by restricting the calf's access to its mother's udders. Used figuratively or literally. exampleA week after we kicked off her calf that cow was still bawling.
  7. (UK, idiomatic, colloquial) To be overcome with anger, to start an argument or a fight. exampleWhen she called him a drunk, it was the last straw. He just kicked off.
noun: {{head}}
  1. plural of kick
  2. (plural only, colloquial) Pleasures, thrills.
    • Capitalism with a human face, “136”, Samuel Brittan, 1996, “This is a common experience among drug addicts who need stronger and stronger doses to regain the old 'kicks'.”
    • Technological Slavery, page 385, Theodore J. Kaczynski, David Skrbina, 2010, “They seek new kicks, new thrills, new adventures.”
  3. (plural only, colloquial) Shoes.
related terms:
  • for kicks
  • get one's kicks
  • get a kick out of something
  • kicks-and-giggles
verb: {{head}}
  1. en-third-person singular of kick
kick some tires etymology See kick the tires.
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To shop for a vehicle or other item to purchase or invest in.
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kick the bucket etymology {{wikipedia}} There are many theories as to where this idiom comes from, but the OED (Oxford English Dictionary) discusses the following:
  • A person standing on a pail or bucket with their head in a slip noose would kick the bucket so as to commit suicide. The OED, however, says this is mainly speculative;
  • The OED describes as more plausible the archaic use of "bucket" as a beam from which a pig is hung by its feet prior to being slaughtered. To kick the bucket, then, originally signified the pig's death throes;
Another explanation is given by a Roman Catholic Bishop, The Right Reverend Abbot Horne, F.S.A. He records on page 6 of his booklet "Relics of Popery" Catholic Truth Society London, 1949, the following:
  • "After death, when a body had been laid out, ... and ... the holy-water bucket was brought from the church and put at the feet of the corpse. When friend came to pray... they would sprinkle the body with holy water .. it is easy to see how such a saying as " kicking the bucket " came about. Many other explanations of this saying have been given by persons who are unacquainted with Catholic custom"
  • (RP) /ˈkɪk ðə ˈbʌkɪt/
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  1. (idiomatic, euphemistic, colloquial) To die. The old horse finally kicked the bucket.
  2. (idiomatic, colloquial) Of a machine, to break down such that it cannot be repaired. I think my sewing machine has kicked the bucket.
Synonyms: bite the dust, buy the farm, See
kick the tires Alternative forms: kick the tyres, kick the wheels etymology Early 20th century. Tires on early automobiles were made of thin rubber and were sometimes of poor quality, hence a prospective buyer might kick them to see how thick they were or if they would deflate.
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) To inspect something to ensure it meets expected standards or has favored characteristics, typically before committing to purchasing or otherwise selecting it.
    • 1966, Ray Brack, "Video; The Industry Is Taking A Second Look", Billboard, 28 May 1966, page 66: But, like the Color-Sonics machine, US operators have had no opportunity to "kick the tires" on Cine-Jukebox.
    • 2003, Martin Howell, Predators and Profits: 100+ Ways for Investors to Protect Their Nest Eggs, Reuters (2003), ISBN 0131402447, page 189 (chapter title): Red Flag 1: When an Analyst Doesn't Kick the Tires or Even Read a Company's Filings
    • 2005, Matthew Fordahl, "Windows Vista: Insanely late, and promising", Gainesville Sun, 4 August 2005: Microsoft finally took some of the wraps off last week, releasing Vista's first major test version to about 500,000 programmers and tech professionals. The goal is to let them kick the fires, run their software on it and provide feedback.
    • 2007, "Brownback plans to withdraw from the race for the Republican presidential nomination", Spencer Daily Reporter, 19 October 2007: "Iowa has, the last number of presidential cycles, really been the bellwether state to pick nominees," he said. "And it's got this great balance of rural and somewhat urban, Midwest and Upper Midwest — it's just got a great balance of people so that the rest of the country looks at it. Plus it's a small enough population in size that people get the individual feel of candidates. It's like everybody depends on Iowa to kick the tires on the candidates."
    • 2008, "This time, your vote will really count", Edmonton Journal, 5 February 2008: In the coming weeks, Albertans will get a chance to kick the tires of the party leaders, their platforms and local candidates.
    • 2011, Gregg Rosenthal, "Packers stars, including Rodgers, may sit out Sunday", NBC Sports, 30 December 2011: The Packers will kick the tires on two injured starters in preparation for the playoffs.
    • 2012, William Petrocelli, "Who's Snooping Around Bookstores? Lots of People", Huffington Post, 3 January 2012: Not content with the advantage it gets when 39% of its customers kick the tires on the merchandise in someone else's showroom before buying from them, Amazon decided to go a little further.
  2. (obsolete) To inspect a vehicle's tires by kicking them to check for defect or poor quality.
    • 1929, Paul G. Hoffman & James H. Greene, Marketing Used Cars, Harper & Brothers Publishers (1929), page 14: If the dealer or his used car manager goes out to the car, he may kick the tires as though he expected them to collapse at the force of the blow.
    • 1935 April, Motor, volume 63, number 4, page 39: "Kick the tires and look serious" recognized as first rule for used car appraisal; 1915.
    • 1939 October, Kenneth F. Gilbert, "Automobile Salesmen Won't Tell", Consumers' Digest, volume 6, number 4, page 42: One of the things you wait most eagerly to hear a salesman say is the amount of the allowance. A good salesman will deliberately build up your suspense. He will start your engine, kick the tires, run his hand over the upholstery, stick his head under the hood, but, if your fenders are undented and the glass unbroken …
kick to the curb Alternative forms: kick to the kerb
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  1. (idiomatic, informal) to dismiss or reject in a humiliating manner.
    • 2009, Kesha, Tik Tok And now the boys are lining up 'cause they hear we got swagger But we kick 'em to the curb unless they look like Mick Jagger.
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kid {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English kide, from Old Norse kið, from Proto-Germanic *kidją, *kittīną, perhaps from Proto-Indo-European *gʰaidn-, *ǵʰaidn-. Compare Swedish, Danish kid, from Proto-Germanic *kiðjom, compare German Kitz, Kitze and Albanian keð,kec.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A young goat.
    • 1719, Daniel Defoe, , I went, indeed, intending to kill a kid out of my own flock; and bring it home and dress it; but as I was going I saw a she-goat lying down in the shade, and two young kids sitting by her.
  2. Of a goat, the state of being pregnant: in kid.
  3. Kidskin.
    • 1912, Jean Webster, , I have three pairs of kid gloves. I've had kid mittens before from the Christmas tree, but never real kid gloves with five fingers.
  4. (uncountable) The meat of a young goat.
    • 1819, Walter Scott, , Chapter 5, So saying, he gathered together, and brought to a flame, the decaying brands which lay scattered on the ample hearth; took from the larger board a mess of pottage and seethed kid, placed it upon the small table at which he had himself supped, and, without waiting the Jew's thanks, went to the other side of the hall; ….
  5. A young antelope.
  6. (colloquial) A child or young person.
    • 1963, Margery Allingham, The China Governess , 15, , “‘No,’ said Luke, grinning at her. ‘You're not dull enough! […] What about the kid's clothes? I don't suppose they were anything to write home about, but didn't you keep anything? A bootee or a bit of embroidery or anything at all?’”
    • 2007 July 5, Barack Obama, , Our kids are why all of you are in this room today. Our kids are why you wake up wondering how you'll make a difference and go to bed thinking about tomorrow's lesson plan. Our kids are why you walk into that classroom every day even when you're not getting the support, or the pay, or the respect that you deserve - because you believe that every child should have a chance to succeed; that every child can be taught.
    exampleShe's a kid. It's normal for her to have imaginary friends.
  7. (colloquial) An inexperienced person or one in a junior position.
    • 2007 June 3, Eben Moglen, speech, , I remember as a kid lawyer working at IBM in the summer of 1983, when a large insurance company in Hartford, Connecticut, for the first time asked to buy 12000 IBM PCs in a single order.
  8. (nautical) A small wooden mess tub in which sailor received their food. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: (kidskin) kid leather, (meat of a young goat) cabrito, (child, young person) see also
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  1. (transitive, colloquial) To make a fool of (someone).
  2. (transitive, colloquial) To make a joke with (someone).
  3. (intransitive) Of a goat, to give birth to kids.
  4. (intransitive, colloquial) To joke. You're kidding! Only kidding
etymology 2 Compare Welsh cidysen.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A fagot; a bundle of heath and furze. {{rfquotek}}
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etymology 1 kid + er
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. One who kids, or teases light-heartedly.
etymology 2 From Kidderminster
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A kidderminster (carpet)
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kiddie flick
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A feature film movie aimed at young children.
kiddie porn
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) Child pornography.
kiddiot etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (computing, slang, derogatory) script kiddie
kiddo etymology kid + o; see kid. pronunciation
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  1. (colloquial, affectionate) A close friend; especially used as a form of address. Okay, kiddo, I gotta run.
  2. (colloquial, affectionate) A child.
    • 2008, Robin Dutton-Cookston, The Foggiest Idea: Tales of a Displaced Texan in San Francisco Mamaland (page 51) The books say it's normal. Toddlers often stop napping around this age, and the average amount of sleep needed by a two-year-old is between nine and thirteen hours. My kiddo cuts logs for twelve hours at a stretch, so she's plenty rested.
kiddy fiddler Alternative forms: kiddie fiddler
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) A paedophile or a child molester.
    • 2002, John Leyden, The hacker's worst enemy? Another hacker (in The Register, August 2002) According to Gus, the main enemies of hackers are not the media ("stupid, harmless"), the government or the police ("who are more interested in kiddy fiddlers").
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  1. (archaic, slang) frolicsome; sportive
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noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal) A child.
    • 1995, Philip Ridley, Meteorite spoon (page 44) 'Now, don't get all worked up, my kiddywink.' Mr Thunder gently squeezed Filly's hand.
    • 2000, Elizabeth Jane Howard, Falling (page 365) Anyway, Katya trusts me, so I do hope you will too. I don't think I could make matters worse. They must get on somehow, because of the kiddywinks.
kidhood etymology kid + hood
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  1. (informal) childhood I went away back to my kidhood and remembered the hot biscuit sopped in sorghum and bacon gravy with partiality and respect. — O. Henry.
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kidless etymology kid + less
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  1. (informal) Without kid; childless.
kidlet etymology kid + let
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  1. (colloquial) child
kidlike etymology From kid + like. Compare kidly.
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. Resembling kid (the material).
  2. (informal) Childlike.
  3. Typical of a kid (i.e., a juvenile goat); haedine.
kidney {{wikipedia}} etymology From Middle English kednei, kidenei, from earlier kidnere, kidenere. Of obscure origin and formation. Probably a compound consisting of Middle English *kid, *quid, from Old English cwiþ, cwiþa + Middle English nere, from Old English *nēora, from Proto-Germanic *neurô, from Proto-Indo-European *negʷh-r-. If so, then related to Scots nere, neir, Saterland Frisian Njuure, Dutch nier, German Niere, Danish nyre, Swedish njure, Ancient Greek νεφρός 〈nephrós〉. Alternate etymology traces the first element to Old English cēod, codd, from Proto-Germanic *keudō as the terms for testicle and kidney were often interchangeable in Germanic (compare Old High German nioro, Old Swedish vigniauri. More at codpiece. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɪdni/
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  1. An organ in the body that filters the blood, producing urine.
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  2. This organ (of an animal) cooked as food.
  3. (figuratively, dated) Constitution, temperament, nature, type, character, disposition. (usually used of people)
  4. (obsolete, slang) A waiter. {{rfquotek}}
Synonyms: rein, nephros, ren
kidsicle etymology kid + sicle
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, humorous) A cold or frozen child.
    • 2007, Michele Gendelmen, Ilene Graff, & Donna Rosenstein, What the Other Mothers Know: A Practical Guide to Child Rearing Told in a Really Nice, Funny Way That Won't Make You Feel Like a Complete Idiot the Way All Those Other Parenting Books Do, HarperCollins (2007), ISBN 9780061139864, page 21: And because Ilene also had one of those houses that are always cold, she'd automatically assumed that her fragile, delicate infant would turn into a kidsicle without all those layers.
    • 2014, Annie Tipton, Diary of a Real Payne: Oh Baby!, Barbour Publishing (2014), ISBN 9781630585761, unnumbered page: When the deep freeze sets in and temperatures dip to the single digits (on a warm day), we can't be outside for me than two minutes without turning into kidsicles.
    • 2014, Julie Crawford, "Snowpiercer takes us on one wild ride", North Shore News, 18 June 2014: Then there's the hilarity and sunny weirdness of the school train (led by Scott Pilgrim's Alison Pill), complete with a rotating organ and the children singing songs about not being turned into kidsicles.
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  1. (informal) Childrenswear.
kidult etymology {{blend}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, marketing, sociology) An adult who participates in youth culture and activities traditionally intended for children.
    • 1963, , Sociological Inquiry, Volumes 33-34, page 189, Organizational methods appear significantly more frequently in kidult programs, next most frequently in adult programs, and least frequently in children's programs. Escape methods appear most frequently in adult programs with kidult and children's programs about equal.
    • 2006, Kate Crawford, Adult Themes: Rewriting the Rules of Adulthood, page 192, By casting popular culture as simplistic and ‘kidult’, as distinct from the authentic adult culture she approves of, she reduces a complex culture to a generational divide: the new is childish; while the old and established is timeless, worthy of consumption by adults.
    • 2008, Dade Hayes, Anytime Playdate: Inside the Preschool Entertainment Boom, or, How Television Became My Baby’s Best Friend, page 86, In the 21st century, whose “kidult” blurring of the lines sees grown-ups listening to “kindie rock,” feeding their kids gourmet gelato instead of Good Humor, and dissecting the last Pixar film, the notion of a tree house in our collective backyard with a misspelled sign saying “Kidz only” is a healthy thing[.]
Synonyms: adultescent, rejuvenile
kidvid etymology kid + vid
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  1. (informal) Video material produced for child.
    • 1987, Adweek (volume 37, issues 47-59) Univision now has an entire Saturday morning slate of cartoons and kidvids.
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kielbasa Alternative forms: (uncommon) kielbasy, kolbasa, kovbasa, (rare) kielbassi, kolbasy etymology From Polish kiełbasa, from a Proto-Slavic word which may derive from Proto-Turkic *kül bastï. See kiełbasa and its Ukrainian cognate ковбаса 〈kovbasa〉 for more information. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˌkɪlˈbɑsə/, /kɨlˈbɑsə/; (alternate US pronunciations) /kɨˈbɑsə/, /kɪlˈbesə/, /kɪlˈbɑsi/, /kɪlbɑsˈi/
  • (Polish pronunciation) [kʲɛwˈbasa]
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  1. A spicy, smoke sausage of a particular kind.
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  2. (slang) Penis.
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  1. (slang) To steal.
  • kief
kike etymology Possibly from Yiddish קײַקל 〈qyyaql〉. (In the early 20th century, illiterate Jews immigrating to the United States would sign papers with a circle as opposed to a more common X, the latter being associated by Jews with the Christian cross.) pronunciation
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  1. (US, highly offensive, ethnic slur, religious slur) A Jew.
  2. (US, highly offensive) A contemptible person, especially one who is stingy. That greedy kike would not give me any money when I was starving and needed food.
Synonyms: (offensive term for Jew) hymie, sheeny, yid
kiki {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang, US) A gathering of friends for the purpose of gossiping and chit-chat.
kill {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
  • /kɪl/
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etymology 1 From Middle English killen, kyllen, cüllen, possibly a variant of Old English cwellan (see quell), or from Old Norse kolla (compare Norwegian kylla, Middle Dutch kollen, Icelandic kollur, see coll, cole). Compare also Middle Dutch killen, kellen, gml killen, Middle High German kellen.
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  1. (transitive) To put to death; to extinguish the life of. Smoking kills more people each year than alcohol and drugs combined. There is conclusive evidence that smoking kills.
  2. (transitive, fiction) To invent a story that conveys the death of (a character). Shakespeare killed Romeo and Juliet for drama.
  3. (transitive) To render inoperative. He killed the engine and turned off the headlights, but remained in the car, waiting. , (actor, as Peter), (1978): Peter: Ask Childers if it was worth his arm. Policeman: What did you do to his arm, Peter? Peter: I killed it, with a machine gun.
  4. (transitive, figuratively) To stop, cease{{,}} or render void; to terminate. The editor decided to kill the story. The news that a hurricane had destroyed our beach house killed our plans to sell it. My computer wouldn't respond until I killed some of the running processes.
  5. (transitive, figuratively, hyperbole) To amaze, exceed, stun{{,}} or otherwise incapacitate. That night, she was dressed to kill. That joke always kills me.
  6. (transitive, figuratively) To produce feelings of dissatisfaction or revulsion in. It kills me to throw out three whole turkeys, but I can't get anyone to take them and they've already started to go bad. It kills me to learn how many poor people are practically starving in this country while rich moguls spend such outrageous amounts on useless luxuries.
  7. (transitive) To use up or to waste. I'm just doing this to kill time. He told the bartender, pointing at the bottle of scotch he planned to consume, "Leave it, I'm going to kill the bottle."
  8. (transitive, figuratively, informal) To exert an overwhelm effect on. Between the two of us, we killed the rest of the case of beer. Look at the amount of destruction to the enemy base. We pretty much killed their ability to retaliate anymore.
  9. (transitive, figuratively, hyperbole) To overpower, overwhelm{{,}} or defeat. The team had absolutely killed their traditional rivals, and the local sports bars were raucous with celebrations.
  10. (transitive) To force a company out of business.
  11. (intransitive, informal) To produce intense pain. You don't ever want to get rabies. The doctor will have to give you multiple shots and they really kill.
  12. (figuratively, informal, hyperbole) To punish severely. My parents are going to kill me!
  13. (transitive, sports) To strike a ball or similar object with such force and placement as to make a shot that is impossible to defend against, usually winning a point.
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  14. (mathematics, transitive, idiomatic, informal) To cause to assume the value zero.
  15. (computing, Internet, IRC) To disconnect (a user) forcibly from the network.
Synonyms: (to put to death) assassinate, bump off, dispatch, ice, knock off, liquidate, murder, rub out, slaughter, slay, top, whack, (to use up or waste) fritter away, while away, (to render inoperative) break, deactivate, disable, turn off, (to exert an overwhelming effect on) annihilate (informal), See also
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  1. The act of killing. The assassin liked to make a clean kill, and thus favored small arms over explosives.
  2. Specifically, the death blow. The hunter delivered the kill with a pistol shot to the head.
  3. The result of killing; that which has been killed. The fox dragged its kill back to its den.
    • Rudyard Kipling If ye plunder his kill' from a weaker, devour not all in thy pride.
  4. (volleyball) The ground of the ball on the opponent's court, winning the rally.
    • 2011, the 34th Catawba College Sports Hall of Fame, in 's Campus Magazine, Spring/Summer 2011, page 21: As a senior in 1993, Turner had a kill percentage of 40.8, which was a school record at the time and the best in the SAC. Turner concluded her volleyball career with 1,349 kills, ranking fifth all-time at Catawba.
etymology 2 From Middle Dutch kille via Dutch kil
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  1. A creek; a body of water; a channel or arm of the sea. The channel between Staten Island and Bergen Neck is the Kill van Kull, or the Kills. Schuylkill, Catskill, etc.
etymology 3
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  1. A kiln. {{rfquotek}}
killer etymology {{-er}}. pronunciation
  • (UK) /ˈkɪlə(ɹ)/, [ˈkʰɪlə(ɹ)]
  • (US) /ˈkɪlɚ/, [ˈkʰɪlɚ]
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  1. That which kill. There’s a killer on the loose. My cat is a habitual bird killer. Carbon monoxide is a silent killer.
  2. (figuratively) That which causes stress or is extremely difficult, especially that which may cause failure at a task. That test was a killer. The final hill in the race course was a killer.
  3. (figuratively) Something that is so far ahead of its competition that it effectively kills off that competition. Various means had were used to steer aircraft in the early years but ailerons were the killer.
  4. (sports) A knockout form of darts or pool involving several players.
  5. A diacritic mark used in Indic scripts to suppress an inherent vowel (e.g., the Hindi viram, the Bengali or Oriya hasanta) or render the entire syllable silent (e.g., the Burmese virama, the Khmer toandakhiat). So, for example, an invisible ǎthaq “killer” (virama) (U+1039) is not inserted between initial and medial consonants. — http// We have previously shown that there is no “virama” sign as a general “killer” in Khmer script, unlike, for example, in Devanagari script. — http// The virama U+1039 MYANMAR SIGN VIRAMA also participates in some common constructions where it appears as a visible sign, commonly termed killer. — http// In the course of its adaptation to non-Indo-Aryan languages, the Burmese script has acquired some features that distinguish it from other Indic scripts. The killer, or virama, participates in some common constructions that would be clumsy to handle the way they would be in the other Indic scripts, so the control function of the virama is separated from the diacritic function of the killer. The virama, 0F4D is used to form conjunct consonants, while the killer, 0F52, is a simple diacritic and has no effect on character shaping. The killer is also combined with the VOWEL SIGN O (0F4B) to form the low level tone vowel “o.” When used this way, this symbol is known as hyei hto, or “thrust forward.” — http// For example, although the ‘vowel killer’ diacritic may be called a ‘pulli’ in Tamil, it is still referred to by the Unicode character names as a ‘virama’. — http// Thai words that have been borrowed from Sanskrit, Pali and English usually try to retain as much of the original spelling as possible; as this will often produce pronunciations that are impossible or misleading, a ‘killer’ symbol is placed above the redundant consonant to indicate that it may be ignoredThai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth Sometimes the ‘killer’ sign, called kaaran in Thai, cancels out not only the consonant above which it appears, but also the one immediately preceding it.Thai: An Essential Grammar By David Smyth
Synonyms: (that which kills) assassin, murderer; see also , (diacritic) virama, halant, vowel killer
adjective: {{en-adj}}
  1. (slang) Excellent, very good.
    • 2000, The tablet, Various authors, “This is followed by a recipe for that very killer dish: "Eat and remember this, the greediest of all Popes" is their merry exhortation.”, page 798
    • 2009, page 122, Amy Bryant, ““Ahhh, Avery,” shouted the Yurtmeister after a full hour of intense volleyball. “That last serve was absolutely killer.””, The Great Scavenger Hunt, 1416964428
    • 2010, Burn Collector: Collected Stories from One Through Nine, Al Burian, “However, there is something very killer about drinking whatever battery acid and paint thinner concoction it is that they make malt liquor out of, in broad daylight, slumped down on the pavement”, 1604862203
  2. Causing death, destruction, or obliteration.
killer bee etymology From killer + bee, from its aggressive nature, though few deaths have been reported.
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  1. (informal) An Africanized honey bee.
killer green bud
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  1. (slang) Potent marijuana.
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killing {{wikipedia}} etymology From kill + ing. pronunciation
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  1. present participle of kill This work is killing me.
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  1. That literally deprives of life; lethal, deadly, fatal.
  2. Devastatingly attractive.
  3. That makes one ‘die’ with laughter; very funny.
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 471: Livia found her ‘killing’, and derived such amusement from her Martinique French that he was forced to enjoy her as well.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. an instance of someone being kill
  2. (informal) A large amount of money. He made a killing on the stock market.
kill steal {{wikipedia}}
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  1. (online gaming, pejorative) In a multiplayer online game, to deal a finishing blow on an enemy that other player(s) had almost killed, without their consent, so that one gets the credit or rewards instead of them.
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Synonyms: KS
kill stealer etymology kill steal + er
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  1. (online gaming, pejorative) One who kill steal.
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  1. (informal) A kilocalorie: a kilogram-calorie: one thousand gram-calorie.
kilogram Alternative forms: kilogramme, kilo etymology From French kilogramme, composed of kilo- + gramme. pronunciation
  • /ˈkɪləɡɹæm/
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  1. In the International System of Units, the base unit of mass; conceived of as the mass of one liter of water, and now defined as the mass of a specific cylinder of platinum-iridium alloy kept at the International Bureau of Weights and Measures in France. Symbol: kg
  2. (proscribed) Hence, the unit of weight such that a one-kilogram mass is also a one-kilogram weight.
  • (proscribed, unit of weight) The use of the kilogram as a unit of weight is somewhat imprecise, as weight can change while mass remains constant. The weight of a one-kilogram mass will depend on its location, because the pull of gravity varies from one place to another. It is therefore frequently proscribed, but is nonetheless in wide use (e.g., a person's weight in kilograms). (The same imprecision and proscription also occur with many other words pertaining to weight and mass, such as the verb weigh.)
kilonova etymology kilo + nova
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (informal, physics) A luminosity equivalent to that of a thousand nova
kimchi {{wikipedia}} Alternative forms: kimchee, gimchee etymology From Korean 김치 〈gimchi〉, derived from 침채 〈chimchae〉 in the late Koryo dynasty.
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A Korean dish made of vegetables, such as cabbage or radishes, that are salted, seasoned, and stored in sealed containers to undergo lactic acid fermentation.
  2. (slang, ethnic slur, pejorative) A Korean person.
    • 1994, Richard Marcinko, Rogue Warrior II: Red Cell, Pocket Books, page 238: How did I know the kimchis were trying to smuggle the crate out of Japan?
    • 2007, Pamela Goyan Kittler and Kathryn Sucher, Food and Culture, Cengage Learning, page 5: In the United States, Germans are sometimes called "krauts" ... Koreans "kimchis," and poor white Southerners "crackers"...
    • 2011, Gerald M. Weinberg, Freshman Murders, Weinberg & Weinberg: ... he doesn't know the difference between Ping-Pongs and Kimchis.
Kimye {{wikipedia}} etymology {{blend}}.
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  1. (slang) The couple consisting of celebrities and .
    • 2012, Clemmie Moodie, Sarah Tetteh, Ashleigh Rainbird, "Kanye looks grim", Daily Record (Scotland), 12 May 2012: Continuing their romance (showmance? fauxmance? I don't even know any more), Kimye took their relationship show over to Canada, where Kim, 31, was hawking her new jewellery line.
    • 2013, Ann Oldenburg, "Kim Kardashian, Kanye West welcome 2013", USA Today, 1 January 2013: Kimye and their baby bump celebrated the start of a new year in Las Vegas.
    • 2013, Emily Hewett, "Gwyneth Paltrow defends pregnant Kim Kardashian: ‘I think she looks absolutely beautiful’", Metro, 6 April 2013: Meanwhile, it looks as though Kimye could be expecting a baby girl.
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kinda pronunciation
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etymology 1 Written form of a of "kind of"
adverb: {{en-adv}}
  1. (colloquial) kind of; somewhat I kinda hafta do this right now. That's kinda funny.
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    • 2006, Ron Hall, Denver Moore, Lynn Vincent, Same Kind of Different As Me, page 13, In those days, flour sacks was kinda purty. They might come printed up with flowers on em, or birds.
    • 2010, Eric Anthony Galvez DPT CSCS, Reversal: When a Therapist Becomes a Patient, page 37, The facial expression on my mask kinda looks like Han Solo in the carbonite...
Synonyms: sorta
contraction: {{head}}
  1. (colloquial) kind of.
    • 2008, Jacob Curtis, The Song Itself: A Gnostic Remembrance, page 68, What kinda music do ya want ta play? Do ya want volume or somethin' more subtle?
interjection: {{en-interj}}
  1. Yes in some respects but no in other respects.
etymology 2 After the town of Kinda, Democratic Republic of the Congo. {{wikipedia}}
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. A subspecies of baboon, {{taxlink}}, primarily found in Angola, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Zambia, and possibly western Tanzania.
    • 2006, , Volume 212, Issues 4-6, page 18, In the wild, when a baboon called a kinda pairs with a chacma or yellow baboon, their progeny is still a baboon — but it's a hybrid of interest to Society grantees Jane Phillips-Conroy and Clifford Jolly, who are tracking gene flow in Zambia's South Luangwa National Park.
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kind bud
noun: {{en-noun}}
  1. (slang) alternative form of kine bud
kindergarten {{wikipedia}} {{wikipedia}} etymology Borrowing from German Kindergarten. pronunciation
  • (US) /ˈkɪndə(ɹ)ˌɡɑː(ɹ)dən/
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  1. An educational institution for young children, usually between ages 4 and 6; nursery school.
  2. (US) The elementary school grade before first grade.
Synonyms: nursery school, preschool
related terms:
  • daycare
english: From {{etym}} kinderspullen.
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  1. (US, slang, pejorative) Items (such as toy) associated with a child.
kind of Alternative forms: kindof, kinda etymology From a reanalysis "kind of" in a phrase such as "a kind of merry dance" from noun ("kind") and preposition ("of") from the prepositional phrase "of merry dance" to adverb modifying "merry".
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  1. (idiomatic, colloquial) Slightly; somewhat; sort of. I'm getting kind of tired. Could we finish tomorrow? That's the right answer, kind of.
Synonyms: sort of, sorta
kindsa etymology Written form of a of "kinds of"
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  1. (colloquial) kinds of
    • 1993, Kent Harrington, A Brother to Dragons, page 151, Manny don't sell one kinda pizza, or two kindsa pizzas, or ten kindsa pizzas.
    • 2005, , , page 78, 'Cause Johnny has a girlfriend name of Rose and she's a good girl knows all kindsa grammar and she's gonna graduate an' be a secretary in a big company in Manhattan and John don't wanna be no dumb ass trying to marry Rose.
    • 2006, Leinster Murray, Operation Terror, page 58, These were natural kindsa waves, pursued the driver. Lightning made them.
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kindy etymology From kindergarten + y.
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  1. (Australia, New Zealand, informal) diminutive of kindergarten.
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Synonyms: (kindergarten) kindergarten, nursery school, preschool
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kine bud
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  1. (slang) High-grade marijuana.
Synonyms: kind bud, KB, KBs, heads, headies
coordinate terms:
  • mersh, regs, schwag
  • mids, middies
king {{wikipedia}} pronunciation
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etymology 1 From Middle English king, kyng, from Old English cyng, cyning, from Proto-Germanic *kuningaz, *kunungaz, equivalent to kin + ing. Cognate with Scots king, Northern Frisian köning, Western Frisian kening, Dutch koning, Low German Koning, Köning, German König, Danish konge, Swedish konung, kung, Icelandic konungur, kóngur. Alternative forms: kyng (archaic), kynge (archaic)
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  1. A male monarch; a man who head a monarchy. If it's an absolute monarchy, then he is the supreme ruler of his nation. exampleHenry VIII was the king of England from 1509 to 1547.
  2. A powerful or influential person. exampleHoward Stern styled himself as the "king of all media".
    • {{RQ:Chmbrs YngrSt}} "I wish we were back in Tenth Street. But so many children came…and the Tenth Street house wasn't half big enough; and a dreadful speculative builder built this house and persuaded Austin to buy it. Oh, dear, and here we are among the rich and great; and the steel kings and copper kings and oil kings and their heirs and dauphins.{{nb...}}"
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  3. Something that has a preeminent position. exampleIn times of financial panic, cash is king.
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  4. A component of certain game.
    1. The principal chess piece, that players seek to threaten with unavoidable capture to result in a victory by checkmate. It is often the tallest piece, with a symbolic crown with a cross at the top.
    2. A playing card with the image of a king on it.
    3. A checker (a piece of checkers/draughts) that reached the farthest row forward, thus becoming crowned (either by turning it upside-down, or by stack another checker on it) and gaining more freedom of movement.
  5. (UK, slang) A king skin. exampleOi mate, have you got kings?
  6. A male dragonfly; a drake.
  7. A king-sized bed.
    • 2002, Scott W. Donkin, ‎Gerard Meyer, Peak Performance: Body and Mind (page 119) Try asking for a king-size bed next time because kings are usually firmer.
coordinate terms:
  • (monarch) emperor, empress, maharajah, prince, princess, queen, regent, royal, viceroy
  • (playing card) ace, jack, joker, queen
verb: {{en-verb}}
  1. To crown king, to make (a person) king.
    • 1982, South Atlantic Modern Language Association, South Atlantic Review, Volume 47, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=42MYTpSCKa7smAW4q9kR&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=10&ved=0CFUQ6AEwCTg8 page 16], The kinging of Macbeth is the business of the first part of the play ….
    • 2008, William Shakespeare, A. R. Braunmuller (editor), Macbeth, Introduction, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=oHsYTtOzFqyemQXKpqgC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAjjIAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 24], One narrative is the kinging and unkinging of Macbeth; the other narrative is the attack on Banquo's line and that line's eventual accession and supposed Jacobean survival through Malcolm's successful counter-attack on Macbeth.
  2. To rule over as king.
    • {{circa}} William Shakespeare, , Act 2, Scene 4, And let us do it with no show of fear; / No, with no more than if we heard that England / Were busied with a Whitsun morris-dance; / For, my good liege, she is so idly king’d, / Her sceptre so fantastically borne / By a vain, giddy, shallow, humorous youth, / That fear attends her not.
  3. To perform the duties of a king.
    • 1918, Brotherhood of Railroad Trainmen, The Railroad Trainman, Volume 35, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=a2sYTr7mGfDRmAWpn5kn&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=7&ved=0CEIQ6AEwBjha page 675], He had to do all his kinging after supper, which left him no time for roystering with the nobility and certain others.
    • 2001, Chip R. Bell, Managers as Mentors: Building Partnerships for Learning, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=oHsYTtOzFqyemQXKpqgC&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=9&ved=0CE0Q6AEwCDjIAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 6], Second, Mentor (the old man) combined the wisdom of experience with the sensitivity of a fawn in his attempts to convey kinging skills to young Telemachus.
  4. To assume or pretend preeminence (over); to lord it over.
    • 1917, Edna Ferber, Fanny Herself, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=54gYTtP2K8b-mAWP6vwg&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CC0Q6AEwATjcAQ#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 32], The seating arrangement of the temple was the Almanach de Gotha of Congregation Emanu-el. Old Ben Reitman, patriarch among the Jewish settlers of Winnebago, who had come over an immigrant youth, and who now owned hundreds of rich farm acres, besides houses, mills and banks, kinged it from the front seat of the center section.
  5. To promote a piece of draughts/checkers that has traversed the board to the opposite side, that piece subsequently being permitted to move backwards as well as forwards.
    • 1957, Bertram Vivian Bowden (editor), Faster Than Thought: A Symposium on Digital Computing Machines, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=l2YYTv67Ga_3mAXHu4T7Dw&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=5&ved=0CDYQ6AEwBDhG page 302], If the machine does this, it will lose only one point, and as it is not looking far enough ahead, it cannot see that it has not prevented its opponent from kinging but only postponed the evil day.
    • 1986, Rick DeMarinis, The Burning Women of Far Cry, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&dq=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=BncYTqSEEczzmAXU6dykDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=6&ved=0CDsQ6AEwBTiWAQ page 100], I was about to make a move that would corner a piece that she was trying to get kinged, but I slid my checker back….
  6. To dress and perform as a drag king.
    • 2008, Audrey Yue, King Victoria: Asian Drag Kings, Postcolonial Female Masculinity, and Hybrid Sexuality in Australia, in Fran Martin, Peter Jackson, Audrey Yue, Mark McLelland (editors), AsiaPacifQueer: Rethinking Genders and Sexualities, [http//|%22kinging%22+-intitle:pareidolia&hl=en&ei=kVoYTpXkNofMmAXHjoS1CA&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=3&ved=0CC8Q6AEwAjgU#v=onepage&q=%22kinged%22|%22kinging%22%20-intitle%3Apareidolia&f=false page 266], Through the ex-centric diaspora, kinging in postcolonial Australia has become a site of critical hybridity where diasporic female masculinities have emerged through the contestations of "home" and "host" cultures.
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  1. alternative form of qing (Chinese musical instrument)
  • {{rank}}
  • gink
King Billy
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  1. (Australia, obsolete) Imaginary king of the Australian aboriginal people.
    • 1901, , A Bush Publican's Lament, republished in Children of the Bush, Gutenberg eBook #7065, An' supposen Ole King Billy an' his ole black gin comes round at holiday time and squats on the verander,….
  2. Tasmanian aboriginal man (c.1835-1869) believed to have been the last Tasmanian aboriginal man.“King Billy”, entry in '''1970''', Bill Wannan, ''Australian Folklore'', Lansdowne Press, 1979, ISBN 0-7018-1309-1, page 333.
  3. Any one of various other aboriginal men at times referred to as King Billy.
  4. (Ireland, Scotland, informal) King .
Kingdom County
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  1. (Ireland, informal) County Kerry.
Kingdom of Great Britain {{wikipedia}} etymology The union of England and Scotland in 1707 was named as Great Britain, and it was usually referred to by that name or as the 'Kingdom of Great Britain'.
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  1. (historical) The name of the United Kingdom from 1707-1801.
  • United Kingdom of Great Britain
  • United Kingdom (informal name)
  • Great Britain (official name)
king hit Alternative forms: king-hit
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  1. (Australia, NZ, slang, also used figuratively) A blow intended to incapacitate in one hit, often delivered without warning.
    • 2001, Robert Manne, Exclusionary Nationalism, Peter Craven, The Best Australian Essays 2001, [http//|hits|hitting%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=mN6UT7LGL--ViQfWl7iDBA&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q=%22king%20hit|hits|hitting%22%20australia%20-intitle%3A%22%22%20-inauthor%3A%22%22&f=false page 60], Yet still, in the cultural area, at this time it had not yet delivered the populist king hit.
    • 2010, Mark Dapin, King of the Cross, ‘Yeah, he says he′s sorry for stealing your scooter but you deserved it, and he wants you to take him on in a fair fight,’ said Dror. ‘No king hits and no guns.’
    • 2011, , Correspondence: Bad News, Andrew Charlton (editor), , page 112, This is what the Australian lacks, the integrity of being itself and coming at its political opponents front-on. In its current guise, it is throwing cowardly king-hits, so much so that a mild, civilised figure such as Bob Brown has labelled it “the hate media.”
Synonyms: haymaker, sucker punch, coward punch
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  1. (Australia, NZ, slang, also used figuratively) To attack a victim and knock them unconscious with a single punch. He king hit from behind and his victim fell to the floor.
    • 2003 March 19-30, Cameron Stewart, The Lion King - The Lethal Touch, in The Australian Magazine, republished in Garrie Hutchinson (editor), The Best Australian Sports Writing 2003, [http//|hits|hitting%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cTiVT4-6CKzEmQXC3PjVAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false unnumbered page], His most notorious transgression – and his greatest regret – was the day in 1985 when he king-hit Geelong player Neville Bruns, breaking his jaw.
    • 2007August 11, Passengers say dead man (was) ‘king hit’ in fight over $20, Sydney Morning Herald, Passengers leaving P&O's Pacific Sun yesterday told how a man who died on board the ship had been king hit following an alcohol-fuelled fight with another man over $20.
    • 2007 August 6, Man sues club and bouncers after king hit, Sydney Morning Herald, Michael Smith came up to the plaintiff and king hit him ... he was unconscious before he hit the ground,” Mr Karimi′s lawyer, Philip Doherty, SC, told the court.
    • 2008, Larry Writer, The Australian Book of True Crime, [http//|hits|hitting%22+australia+-intitle:%22%22+-inauthor:%22%22&hl=en&sa=X&ei=cTiVT4-6CKzEmQXC3PjVAQ&redir_esc=y#v=onepage&q&f=false unnumbered page], She came up to where Tilly was shaking me like a rag doll and, without a word, she king-hit Tilly Devine and then sat on her in the street.
kinglet etymology From king + let.
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  1. (chiefly pejorative) A petty king; a king ruling over a small or unimportant territory.
    • {{RQ:Flr Mntgn Essays}}, I.42: Cæsar termeth all the Lords, which in his time had justice in France, to be Kinglets [tr. reguli], or pettie Kings.
    • 1951, Isaac Asimov, (1974 publication), part V, chapter 10, pages 160–161: “My son hears tales. In the viceroy’s personal entourage, one could scarcely help it. And he tells me of them. Our new viceroy would not refuse the Crown if offered, but he guards his line of retreat. There are stories that, failing Imperial heights, he plans to carve out a new Empire in the Barbarian hinterland. It is said, but I don’t vouch for this, that he has already given one of his daughters as wife to a Kinglet somewhere in the uncharted Periphery.”
  2. A bird of the crest family (Regulidae).
King Shit of Turd Island
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  1. (idiomatic, slang, vulgar, derogatory) A person with pretensions of great importance.
    • 2010, Michael Delp, As if we were prey: stories Back in Belding, he was always the tough guy, the one who rode around in his dad's Pontiac Lemans with the vinyl top and the automatic on the floor. He drove that car like he was the King Shit of Turd Island, and I guess all of us was.
Synonyms: king shit
king skin etymology From the King Size Rizla brand, and the slang word "skin" to mean rolling paper.
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  1. (slang) An extra large rolling paper, roughly double the length of a regular one.
    • 2012, Ian Marchant, Something of the Night I did have some spliff, and I was thinking of popping one together in the deserted car park before heading south, but I find the little papers more than adequate for my modest cannabis needs these days. Besides, I disapprove of king skins. If young people haven't got the gumption to stick a couple of Rizlas together, then we really are all doomed.

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