An example of a kite is a large forked tail bird eating a dead animal in the road.
An example of a kite is a brightly colored dragon being flown in the air on a breezy day in the park.
An example of kite is to issue a check for $100 when there is only $25 in the account.
On windy spring days, we would fly kites.
Four-sided figures without parallel sides include trapezoids and kites.
I'm going kiting this weekend.
Rising interest rates have kited the cost of housing.
- go away and stop being a bother!
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Origin of kite
- Middle English bird of prey from Old English cȳta
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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”).
- 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”).