- 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.
- manner; way
- a natural group or division [the rodent kind]: sometimes used in compounds [humankind]
- essential character
- sort; variety; class
Origin of kindMiddle 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 of kindME kynde < OE gecynde
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
- Having or showing a friendly, generous, sympathetic, or warm-hearted nature.
- Agreeable or beneficial: a dry climate kind to asthmatics.
Origin of kindMiddle English kinde, natural, kind, from Old English gecynde, natural; see gen&schwa;- 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.
- Obsolete a. Lineal ancestry or descent.b. Lineal ancestors or descendants considered as a group.
Origin of kindMiddle English, from Old English gecynd, race, offspring, kind; see gen&schwa;- in Indo-European roots. Usage Note: The words kind, sort, and type can be troublesome when they are used with plural nouns and modifiers. Sentences like I hate these kind of movies may occur with some frequency but are awkward, and some would say, grammatically incorrect. The Usage Panel frowns upon these usages. In our 2005 survey, 81 percent rejected the use of kind with a plural modifier and plural noun in the sentence Those kind of buildings seem old-fashioned. Fully 88 percent of the Panel found unacceptable the use of kind with a singular modifier and plural noun and verb in That kind of buildings seem old fashioned. In these examples kind would presumably function as a determiner like number in A great number of people have crowded into the lobby. (Note that number here is singular, but the plural verb have agrees with the plural noun people, so number is not really the subject of the sentence). This problem can be avoided by making the phrase entirely singular (as in That kind of movie is always enjoyable) or by revising so that the noun is the plural subject (as in Movies of that kind are always enjoyable). Bear in mind that plural kinds often implies that the phrase refers to a number of different categories of things—more than one genre of movie, for example. Perhaps the best solution is to drop the kind phrase entirely (Those movies are always enjoyable) or to be specific (Those spy movies are always enjoyable).
- A type, race or category; a group of entities that have common characteristics such that they may be grouped together.
- What kind of a person are you?
- This is a strange kind of tobacco.
- A makeshift or otherwise atypical specimen.
- The opening served as a kind of window.
- (archaic) One's inherent nature; character, natural disposition.
- Goods or services used as payment, as e.g. in a barter.
- Equivalent means used as response to an action.
- I'll pay in kind for his insult.
In sense “goods or services” or “equivalent means”, used almost exclusively with “in” in expression in kind.
(comparative kinder, superlative kindest)
From Old English cynde (“innate, natural, native”), ġecynde, from cynd.
- Used to form nouns denoting groups or classes taken collectively.
From Middle English -kinde, -kunde, -kuinde, alteration (due to the noun kind (“type, class”)) of Middle English -kin, -kun, -cun, from Old English -cynn (“of or belonging to a specified race or family”), from cynn (“family, race”), see kin. Most uses appear to have been formed by analogy with mankind.