Kite Definition

kited, kites, kiting
A parafoil flown in a similar manner for recreation.
American Heritage
A light frame, usually of wood, covered with paper, cloth, or plastic, to be flown in the wind at the end of a string.
Webster's New World
A greedy, grasping person.
Webster's New World
A power kite.
American Heritage
Any of various accipitrine birds with long, pointed wings and, usually, a forked tail: they prey esp. on insects, reptiles, and small mammals.
Webster's New World
To fly like a kite; soar.
Webster's New World
To move lightly and rapidly.
Webster's New World
To issue (a bad check, etc.) as a kite.
Webster's New World
To get money or credit by using bad checks, etc.
Webster's New World

To toss or cast.

go fly a kite!
  • go away and stop being a bother!
Webster's New World

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Origin of Kite

  • 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 Wiktionary

  • 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”).

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English bird of prey from Old English cȳta

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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