Kind-of meaning

(idiomatic, colloquial) Slightly; somewhat; sort of.

I'm getting kind of tired. Could we finish tomorrow?

That's the right answer, kind of.

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Origin of kind-of

  • 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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