Definition of


  1. (noun, cognition) a category of things distinguished by some common characteristic or quality
    what kinds of desserts are there?
  2. (adj, all) tolerant and forgiving under provocation
  3. (adj, all) agreeable, conducive to comfort
    the genial sunshine
    hot summer pavements are anything but kind to the feet
  4. (adj, all) having or showing a tender and considerate and helpful nature; used especially of persons and their behavior
    a kind master
    kind words showing understanding and sympathy
    thanked her for her kind letter

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Synonyms of Kind

form, genial, sort, tolerant, variety

Antonyms of Kind


Origin of the word Kind

  1. "class, sort, variety," from O.E. gecynd "kind, nature, race," related to cynn "family" (see kin), from P.Gmc. *gakundiz (see kind (adj.)). ?lfric's rendition of "the Book of Genesis" into O.E. came out gecyndboc. The prefix disappeared 1150-1250. No exact cognates beyond English, but it corresponds to adj. endings such as Goth -kunds, … more
  2. "friendly," from O.E. gecynde "natural, native, innate," originally "with the feeling of relatives for each other," from P.Gmc. *gakundiz, from *kunjan (see kin), with collective prefix *ga- and abstract suffix *-iz. Sense development from "with natural feelings," to "well-disposed" (c.1300), "benign, compassionate" (c.1300). Kindly (ad… more

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