- to steal (a child)
- to seize and hold or carry off (a person) against that person's will, by force or fraud, often for ransom
Origin of kidnapkid, + dialect, dialectal nap: see nab
transitive verbkid·napped, kid·nap·ping, kid·naps or kid·naped or kid·nap·ing
Origin of kidnapkid, child + nap, to snatch (perhaps variant of nab or of Scandinavian origin ).
- kid′nap·pee′, kid′nap·ee′
- kid′nap′per, kid′nap′er
(third-person singular simple present kidnaps, present participle kidnapping or kidnaping, simple past and past participle kidnapped or kidnaped)
- An instance of kidnapping.