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Somewhat; partially. I'm happy that it's summertime, but I'm still kind of sad that school is over. A: "Are you feeling better?" B: "Kind of. My throat isn't sore anymore, but I'm still pretty congested."
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Also, sort of. Rather, somewhat, as in I'm kind of hungry, or The bird looked sort of like a sparrow. [Colloquial; c. 1800] This usage should not be confused with a kind of or a sort of, which are much older and refer to a borderline member of a given category (as in a kind of a shelter or a sort of a bluish color). Shakespeare had this usage in Two Gentlemen of Verona (3:1): "My master is a kind of a knave." Also see of a kind.
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ˈkind of/ˈsort of(informal) used with adjectives, adverbs and verbs when something is difficult to describe or when the word you use is not exactly what you mean: She kind of smiled at me. ♢ My new dress is sort of green. ♢ He said it sort of nervously.
These phrases are sometimes written or spoken as kinda or sorta.
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Rather; somewhat: I'm kind of hungry.
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