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kite ikte ktie tkie itke tike kiet iket keit ekit iekt eikt ktei tkei keti ekti teki etki itek tiek ietk eitk teik etik

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Definitions and meaning of kite


Etymology 1

The noun is from Middle English kyte, kīte, kete (a kite endemic to Europe, especially the red kite (Milvus milvus)), from Old English cȳta (kite; bittern), from Proto-Germanic *kūtijô, diminutive of *kūts (bird of prey), from Proto-Indo-European *gū- (to cry, screech). The English word is cognate with Scots kyt, kyte (kite; bird of prey), Middle High German kiuzelīn, kützlīn (owling) (modern German Kauz (barn owl; screech owl)).

Sense 2 (“lightweight toy”) is from the fact that it hovers in the air like the bird.

The verb is derived from the noun.


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: kīt, IPA(key): /kaɪt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪt


kite (plural kites)

  1. A bird of prey of the family Accipitridae.
    1. Any bird of the subfamily Milvinae, with long wings and weak legs, feeding mostly on carrion and spending long periods soaring; specifically, the red kite (Milvus milvus) and the black kite (Milvus migrans).
      Synonym: glede
    2. A bird of the genus Elanus, having thin pointed wings, that preys on rodents and hunts by hovering; also, any bird of related genera in the subfamily Elaninae.
    3. Some species in the subfamily Perninae.
  2. (figuratively) A rapacious person.
  3. A lightweight toy or other device, traditionally flat and shaped like a triangle with a segment of a circle attached to its base or like a quadrilateral (see sense 9), carried on the wind and tethered and controlled from the ground by one or more lines.
  4. A tethered object which deflects its position in a medium by obtaining lift and drag in reaction with its relative motion in the medium.
  5. (astrology) A planetary configuration wherein one planet of a grand trine is in opposition to an additional fourth planet.
  6. (banking, slang) A blank cheque; a fraudulent cheque, such as one issued even though there are insufficient funds to honour it, or one that has been altered without authorization.
  7. (finance, slang) An accommodation bill (a bill of exchange endorsed by a reputable third party acting as a guarantor, as a favour and without compensation).
  8. (cycling, slang) A rider who is good at climbs but less good at descents.
  9. (geometry) A polygon resembling the shape of a traditional toy kite (sense 3): a quadrilateral having two pairs of edges of equal length, the edges of each pair touching each other at one end.
  10. (military aviation, slang) An aeroplane or aircraft.
  11. (sailing, dated) In a square-rigged ship: originally a sail positioned above a topsail; later a lightweight sail set above the topgallants, such as a studding sail or a jib topsail.
    • This is the first attested use of the word in this sense.
  12. (sailing, slang) A spinnaker (supplementary sail to a mainsail).
  13. (Britain, dialectal) The brill (Scophthalmus rhombus), a type of flatfish.
  14. (US, prison slang) A (usually concealed) letter or oral message, especially one passed illegally into, within, or out of a prison.
Alternative forms
  • (bird of prey): kight, kyte (obsolete)
Derived terms
Species of birds
Other terms


kite (third-person singular simple present kites, present participle kiting, simple past and past participle kited)

  1. (transitive) To cause (something) to move upwards rapidly like a toy kite; also (chiefly US, figuratively) to cause (something, such as costs) to increase rapidly.
  2. (transitive, slang) To tamper with a document or record by increasing the quantity of something beyond its proper amount so that the difference may be unlawfully retained; in particular, to alter a medical prescription for this purpose by increasing the number of pills or other items.
  3. (transitive, video games) To keep ahead of (an enemy) in order to attack repeatedly from a distance, without exposing oneself to danger.
  4. (transitive, intransitive) To (cause to) glide in the manner of a kite (bird).
    Synonym: soar
  5. (transitive, intransitive, rare) To manipulate like a toy kite; also, usually preceded by an inflection of go: to fly a toy kite.
  6. (transitive, intransitive, banking, slang) To write or present (a cheque) on an account with insufficient funds, either to defraud or expecting that funds will become available by the time the cheque clears.
  7. (transitive, intransitive, US, slang, by extension) To steal.
  8. (intransitive) To travel by kite, as when kitesurfing.
  9. (intransitive, figuratively) To move rapidly; to rush.
  10. (intransitive, engineering, nautical) To deflect sideways in the water.
  11. (intransitive, US, prison slang) To pass a (usually concealed) letter or oral message, especially illegally into, within, or out of a prison.
Derived terms
  • check kiting
  • kiter
  • kiting (noun)

Etymology 2

Origin uncertain; possibly:

  • from Middle English kit, kitte (wooden bucket or tub; (figuratively) belly), possibly from Middle Dutch kitte (wooden vessel of hooped staves) (modern Dutch kit (metal can used mainly for coal)), further etymology unknown; or
  • from Middle English *kid (attested only in compounds such as kide-nẹ̄re (kidney; region of the kidneys, loins)), possibly from Old English *cyde, *cydde (belly), cwiþ (belly; womb), from Proto-Germanic *kweþuz (belly, stomach), from Proto-Indo-European *gʷet-, *gut- (rounding, swelling; entrails, stomach), from *gʷu-, *gū- (to bend, bow, curve, distend, vault). The English word is cognate with Icelandic kviði (womb), kviður (stomach), kýta (stomach of a fish; roe), Middle Low German kūt (entrails), West Flemish kijte, kiete (fleshy part of the body).


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) enPR: kīt, IPA(key): /kaɪt/
  • Rhymes: -aɪt


kite (plural kites)

  1. (Northern England, Scotland, dialectal) The stomach; the belly.
Alternative forms
  • kyte (Scotland)

Etymology 3

Borrowed from Coptic ⲕⲓⲧⲉ (kite), from Demotic qt, from Egyptian qdt.


  • (Received Pronunciation, General American) IPA(key): /ˈkiːtɛ/
  • Rhymes: -iːtɛ
  • Hyphenation: ki‧te


kite (plural kite)

  1. (Egyptology) A measure of weight equivalent to 110 deben (about 0.32 ounces or 9.1 grams).
Alternative forms
  • qite



Further reading

  • kite (bird) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • kite (geometry) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • kite (sail) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • kite (toy) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • kite (disambiguation) on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • “KITE, sb.2” in Joseph Wright, editor, The English Dialect Dictionary: [], volume III (H–L), London: Published by Henry Frowde, [], publisher to the English Dialect Society, []; New York, N.Y.: G. P. Putnam’s Sons, 1902, →OCLC, page 459, column 2.


  • tike

Haitian Creole


From French quitter (leave)



  1. let
    • Haitian Creole Bible, Jòb 10.18:
      Bondye, poukisa ou te kite m' soti nan vant manman m'? Mwen ta mouri anvan pesonn ta wè m'.
      God, why did you let me leave my mother's belly? I would have died before anyone would have seen me.




  1. Rōmaji transcription of きて



From Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *kita.


kite (used in the form kite-a)

  1. to see

Middle English



  1. Alternative form of kyte



kite (Cyrillic spelling ките)

  1. inflection of kita:
    1. genitive singular
    2. nominative/accusative/vocative plural

  • to obtain money fraudulently.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)