[kid-nap] Show IPA
–verb (used with object), -napped or -naped, -nap·ping or -nap·ing.
to steal, carry off, or abduct by force or fraud, esp. for use as a hostage or to extract ransom.
1675–85; kid1 + nap, var. of nab
kid·nap·pee, kid·nap·ee, noun
kid·nap·per, kid·nap·er, noun
—Can be confused: hijack, kidnap, shanghai, skyjack.
seize, bear off, bear away.
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2011.