kiddo

   This is kid with the diminutive ‘-o’ ending (see O) which has the effect of creating a true vocative, i.e. a word which it is difficult to imagine being used in third person reference. Its use is much the same as that of ‘kid’, and the two terms are usually interchangeable. In Cocksure, by Mordecai Richler, the speaker who says to a young boy ‘Remember your Uncle Ziggy, kiddo?’, uses ‘kid’ to him a moment later: You’re a swinger, kid.’ In The Late Risers, by Bernard Wolfe, a husband calls his wife ‘kiddo’. The speaker who uses ‘kiddo’ in A World of Difference, by Stanley Price, associates it with the American underworld: ‘He put on his phoney American gangster accent and leant towards her. “I jest wanna be fresh with you, kiddo.”’ The ‘kidder’ that is used between two men in When the Boat Comes In, by James Mitchell, appears to be ‘kiddo’ in a dialectal disguise, showing its unstressed pronunciation. For another example of ‘kiddo’ being used to a woman, see also the quotation from The Kennedys under Sweetie.

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  • kiddo — 1893, familiar form of KID (Cf. kid) (n.) in the child sense …   Etymology dictionary

  • kiddo — [kid′ō] n. Informal a term of affectionate address: sometimes mildly patronizing …   English World dictionary

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  • kiddo — [[t]kɪ̱doʊ[/t]] kiddos N VOC You can call someone kiddo, especially someone who is younger than you, as a sign of affection. [mainly AM, INFORMAL] I ll miss you kiddo. Come back and see me …   English dictionary

  • kiddo — noun (plural kiddos) Etymology: 1kid Date: 1905 1. used as a familiar form of address < you ll be okay, kiddo > 2. child, kid …   New Collegiate Dictionary

  • kiddo — noun An affectionate moniker for a close friend or pal, especially used as a form of address. Okay, kiddo, I gotta run …   Wiktionary

  • kiddo — kid|do [ˈkıdəu US dou] n plural kiddos [C usually singular] especially AmE spoken informal used by adults to address a young person ▪ Come on kiddo, let s go …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • kiddo — kid|do [ kıdou ] noun singular SPOKEN used for talking to a friend: Hey, kiddo, how s it going? …   Usage of the words and phrases in modern English

  • Kiddo — a word for a peer Hey kiddo whats up? …   Dictionary of american slang

  • kiddo — noun (countable usually singular) especially AmE spoken a way of addressing someone you know, usually a young person: Come on kiddo, let s go …   Longman dictionary of contemporary English

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