|Origin:||Probably from KID1|
kid2 past tense and past participle kidded, present participle kidding informal
1 [intransitive and transitive]
to say something that is not true, especially as a joke [= joke]
Don't get mad, I was only kidding.
to make jokes or say funny things about someone in a friendly way [= tease]
kid somebody about something
We were kidding Mom about being a grandmother.
kid somebody (that)
My friends kidded me that my gear would fill the car.
used when you are so surprised by what someone has told you that you do not completely believe them:
Carlotta's 39? No kidding?
used to say that you understand and agree with what someone has just said:
'That girl has some major problems.' 'Yeah, no kidding.'
used to emphasize a threat or that you are telling the truth:
If you break that thing, you'll be grounded for a week - no kidding.
And then he saw us and - no kidding - he asked us if we wanted a ride.
to let yourself believe something that is untrue or unlikely
kid yourself (that)
Don't kid yourself he'll ever change.
We thought we could change the world. Just who were we trying to kid?
used to emphasize that you are telling the truth
—kidding noun [uncountable]
kid aroundphrasal verb
Stop kidding around and listen.