flick

1 of 3

noun (1)

1
: a light sharp jerky stroke or movement
a flick of the wrist
2
: a sound produced by a flick
3

flick

2 of 3

verb

flicked; flicking; flicks

transitive verb

1
a
: to move or propel with a light quick movement
flicked her hair back over her shoulder
b
: to activate, deactivate, or change by or as if by flicking a switch
flick off the radio
2
a
: to strike lightly with a quick sharp motion
flicked the horse with a whip
b
: to remove with light blows
flicked an ash off her sleeve

intransitive verb

1
: to go or pass quickly or abruptly
flicking through some papers
2
: to direct flicks at something
flicked at the spot with his finger

flick

3 of 3

noun (2)

informal
: movie

Examples of flick in a Sentence

Verb The snake flicked its tongue in and out. a cow flicking its tail back and forth She flicked her hair back over her shoulder. The snake's tongue flicked in and out. She flicked an ash into the ashtray. He flicked his cigarette butt out the window. The boys were flicking each other with towels. Noun (2) we could catch a flick together next weekend
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
Alongside Powell, Ramos and Edgar-Jones, the new disaster flick stars Brandon Perea, Daryl McCormack, Maura Tierney, Kiernan Shipka, Sasha Lane, Superman star David Corenswet, Katy O'Brian, Nik Dodani, Tunde Adebimpe and Harry Hadden-Paton. Charna Flam, Peoplemag, 12 July 2024 The Leader) for the first time since the 2008 flick The Incredible Hulk. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 12 July 2024
Verb
Channeling the spirit of ’80s action flicks but with modern production values, sharp comedic beats, and a charismatic lead performance from Suzuki, City Hunter is hugely entertaining. Matt Kamen, WIRED, 6 July 2024 The Floridian flicked his eyes at me, good-naturedly. Charles Elliott, Outdoor Life, 27 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for flick 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun (1)

imitative

Noun (2)

short for flicker entry 2

First Known Use

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1629, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1926, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of flick was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Flick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flick. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

flick

1 of 2 noun
1
: a light sharp jerky stroke or movement
2
: a sound produced by a flick
3

flick

2 of 2 verb
1
: to strike lightly with a quick sharp motion
flicked a speck off the table
2

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