noun (1)
\ˈflik \

Definition of flick 

(Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a light sharp jerky stroke or movement a flick of the wrist

2 : a sound produced by a flick


flicked; flicking; flicks

Definition of flick (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1a : 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

2a : 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


noun (2)

Definition of flick (Entry 3 of 3)


: movie

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Synonyms for flick

Synonyms: Verb

dance, dart, flicker, flirt, flit, flitter, flutter, zip

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Examples of flick in a Sentence


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.
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First Known Use of flick

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1629, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

Noun (2)

1926, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for flick

Noun (1)


Noun (2)

short for flicker entry 2

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

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English Language Learners Definition of flick

: to move (something) with a short, quick movement

: to cause (something) to fly through the air by making a quick movement with your hand, finger, or thumb

: to turn (something) on or off with a switch


\ˈflik \

Kids Definition of flick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a light snapping stroke the flick of a switch


flicked; flicking

Kids Definition of flick (Entry 2 of 2)

: to strike or move with a quick motion He flicked the bug off his arm. The snake flicked its tongue.

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full of whispering sounds

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