(third-person singular simple present kites, present participle kiting, simple past and past participle kited)
- (rare, usually with "go") To fly a kite.
- I'm going kiting this weekend.
- To glide in the manner of a kite.
- The wind kited us toward shore.
- To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
- We spent the afternoon kiting around the bay.
- To toss or cast.
- (banking) To write a check on an account with insufficient funds, expecting that funds will become available by the time the check clears.
- He was convicted of kiting checks and sentenced to two years in prison.
- (US) To cause an increase, especially in costs.
- Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
- (video games) To keep ahead of (a pursuing monster or mob) in order to attack it repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
- (nautical, engineering) To deflect sideways in the water.
- (US, slang, prison) To send a short letter.
- (US, slang) To steal.
From Middle English kite, kete, from Old English cȳta (“kite, bittern”), from Proto-Germanic *kūtijô, diminutive of *kūts (“bird of prey”), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (“to cry, screech”). Cognate with Scots kyt, kyte (“kite, bird of prey”), Middle High German kiuzelīn, kützlīn (“owling”), German Kauz (“barn owl, screech owl”).
Origin uncertain. Possibly from Middle English *kit, *kid (attested only in compounds: kidney), from Old English cwiþ (“belly, womb”), from Proto-Germanic *kweþuz (“stomach, belly”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet-, *gut- (“swelling, rounding; stomach, entrails”), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷu-, *gū- (“to bend, curve, bow, vault, distend”). Cognate with Icelandic kýta (“stomach of a fish, roe”), West Flemish kijte, kiete (“fleshy part of the body”), Middle Low German kūt (“entrails”), Icelandic kviður (“stomach”), kviði (“womb”).