- The definition of kind is warm, generous or sympathetic.
An example of kind is the personality of Mother Theresa.
- Kind is defined as a type of something.
An example of kind is fruits that are red.
This nurse is being kind.
kind definition by Webster's New World
- manner; way
- a natural group or division [the rodent kind]: sometimes used in compounds [humankind]
- essential character
- sort; variety; class
Origin: Middle English kynd ; from Old English cynd, akin to German kind, child, Old Norse kundr, son ; from Indo-European an unverified form ĝṇti- (from source Classical Latin natio, nation) ; from base an unverified form ĝen-: see genus
- sympathetic, friendly, gentle, tenderhearted, generous, etc.
- cordial: kind regards
- Archaic loving; affectionate
- Obsolete natural; native
Origin: ME kynde < OE gecynde
kind definition by American Heritage Dictionary
adjective kind·er, kind·est
- Of a friendly, generous, or warm-hearted nature.
- Showing sympathy or understanding; charitable: a kind word.
- Humane; considerate: kind to animals.
- Forbearing; tolerant: Our neighbor was very kind about the window we broke.
- Generous; liberal: kind words of praise.
- Agreeable; beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.
Origin: Middle English, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
- a. A group of individuals or instances sharing common traits; a category or sort: different kinds of furniture; a new kind of politics.b. A doubtful or borderline member of a given category: fashioned a kind of shelter; a kind of bluish color.
- Archaic a. Underlying character as a determinant of the class to which a thing belongs; nature or essence.b. The natural order or course of things; nature.c. Manner or fashion.
Origin: Middle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind; see genə- in Indo-European roots.
kind - Phrases/Idioms
after one's (or its) kind
all kinds of
- in goods or produce instead of money
- with something like that received; in the same way
of a kind
- of the same kind; alike
- of poor quality; mediocre entertainment of a kind
all kinds of
- With produce or commodities rather than with money: pay in kind.
- In the same manner or with an equivalent: returned the slight in kind.
of a kind