kick

verb
\ ˈkik How to pronounce kick (audio) \
kicked; kicking; kicks

Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to strike out with the foot or feet
b : to make a kick in football
2a : to show opposition : resist, rebel
b : to protest strenuously or urgently : express grave discontent broadly : complain
3 : to function with vitality and energy alive and kicking
4 of a firearm : to recoil when fired
5 : to go from one place to another as circumstance or whim dictates
6 : to run at a faster speed during the last part of a race

transitive verb

1a : to strike, thrust, or hit with the foot
b : to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the foot
c : to remove by a kicking motion kicked off her shoes
d : to remove from a position or status kicked him off the team
2 : to score by kicking a ball
3 : to heap reproaches upon (oneself) kicked themselves for not going
4 : to free oneself of (something, such as a drug habit)
kick ass
often vulgar : to kick butt
kick butt
: to use forceful or coercive measures in order to achieve a purpose also : to succeed or win overwhelmingly
kick over the traces
: to cast off restraint, authority, or control
kick the bucket
: die
kick up one's heels
1 : to show sudden delight
2 : to have a lively time
kick upstairs
: to promote to a higher but less desirable position

kick

noun

Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a blow or sudden forceful thrust with the foot specifically : a sudden propelling of a ball with the foot
b : the power to kick
c : a rhythmic motion of the legs used in swimming
d : a burst of speed in racing
2 : a sudden forceful jolt or thrust suggesting a kick especially : the recoil of a gun
3 : pocket, wallet
4a : a feeling or expression of opposition or objection a kick against the administration
b : the grounds for objection
5a : a powerful or forceful effect chili with a kick
b : a stimulating or pleasurable effect or experience often used in the phrases get a kick out of and (just) for kicks … we just got a big kick out of seeing our names in the paper— Joel Stein She plays golf just for kicks [=for fun].
c : pursuit of an absorbing or obsessive new interest usually used with on "… I'll get on a kick though where I can't get enough of something, and it'll show up in everything. … "— Danny Markowicz If you're on a post-Christmas health kick, there are plenty of seasonal vegetables to keep you going …— Caroline Lindsay
7 kicks plural, US slang : shoes or sneakers … nothing draws more attention to a rare pair of kicks than the cuffed hem of slim sweats.— Steve Dool

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Other Words from kick

Verb

kickable \ ˈki-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce kick (audio) \ adjective

Examples of kick in a Sentence

Verb The attacker kicked him in the stomach. She lost her temper and kicked over the box. He kicked the ball into the goal. She kicked the ball to me. The policeman kicked the door open. The baby kicked his legs in the air. The swimming instructor reminded the children to kick their legs as they swam. The baby kicked with pleasure. He kicked the winning field goal. When he was 25, he kicked his cocaine habit and went back to school. Noun He gave me a kick in the leg. If you give the machine a little kick, it should start working again. a long kick in football
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The annual SharonFest, kicking off July 28, is a party with a purpose. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "SharonFest 2017, the party with a purpose, kicks off July 28," 20 July 2017 Indianapolis kicks off its four-game preseason schedule on Aug. 13 against the Detroit Lions. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Ryan Kelly looking forward to second NFL season at center of Indianapolis Colts' offensive line," 18 July 2017 That would explain why Peter Dinklage kicked off this season in total silence. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Game of Thrones Showrunners Explain Daenerys’s Odd, Silent Arrival," 16 July 2017 FCKC ORL Shots 7 25 Shots on goal 3 11 Saves 7 2 Corner kicks3 8 Fouls 5 10 Offsides 3 0 YELLOW CARDS Kansas City: Gibbons, 88th. kansascity, "FC Kansas City summary for July 15," 15 July 2017 Moving the cattle somewhere else to avoid conflict if wolves show up — or kicking them off the national forest altogether, as some critics would like — isn’t so simple. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "With cattle in Washington’s wolf country, ranchers work and worry," 14 July 2017 On a makeshift kickball field on the National Mall, Jacquelyn Keenan cheered as one of her teammates kicked a rubber ball into the air and sprinted for first base. Jim Rendon, New York Times, "In Social Sports, It’s About Camaraderie, Not Competition," 14 July 2017 Baseball's annual swap-o-rama got underway Thursday as the Cubs and White Sox kicked off the traditional shuffling of prospects for potential game-changers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Buyers, sellers and more: What to watch for in second half of MLB season," 13 July 2017 Others pointed out that members of Congress have been scolded too, as when Representative Bobby Rush was kicked off the floor for wearing a hoodie to honor Trayvon Martin. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why Bogus News Stories Are So Hard to Stop," 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun If the Lions stay put, kick-starting their rebuild with a promising pass protector in Sewell would make a lot of sense for a franchise seemingly comfortable taking the long view. Michael Middlehurst-schwartz, USA TODAY, "NFL mock draft 2021: Justin Fields, Trey Lance are last pieces in QB puzzle for final projection," 29 Apr. 2021 That kick-started a growing relationship, Kennedy said, with the pharma company eventually placing an observer on Amplyx’s Board of Directors and another Pfizer employee on the biotech’s scientific advisory board. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Pfizer acquires fungus-fighting San Diego biotech," 28 Apr. 2021 The Wolves were down 11 early in the second quarter when the Wolves' second team kick-started a run. Kent Youngblood, Star Tribune, "Timberwolves once again denied a win streak, falling 128-125 at Sacramento," 21 Apr. 2021 Oh, it’s not panic time, although the Yankees’ 5-10 start – their worst since 1997 – has kick-started the blame game in the Bronx. Gabe Lacques, USA Today, "Bombers to bust? Yankees can reverse slow start but time running out," 19 Apr. 2021 Into this formula for success came a once-in-a-million event that kick-started a roller coaster ride of near-death events. Steve Brozak, Forbes, "Courage: A Book About Life And Beating The Odds In Healthcare," 5 Apr. 2021 Everything was as the hypothesis predicted—and the paper kick-started aging research in social insects. Yao-hua Law, Science | AAAS, "What can ants, bees, and other social insects teach us about aging?," 25 Mar. 2021 The victory kick-started a 10-day stretch of golf that shined a light on the fine line between obscurity and stardom in the women’s game. Beth Ann Nichols, The Arizona Republic, "Sarah White personifies 'road warrior' life on golf's Symetra Tour, opening season in Mesa," 18 Mar. 2021 While older residents and health care workers have kick-started the state’s vaccine rollout, many health officials worry that turning out younger and healthier adults will be a more difficult chore. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Bike Week, prison PR, somber anniversaries: News from around our 50 states," 8 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of kick

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for kick

Verb

Middle English kiken

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“Kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick. Accessed 9 May. 2021.

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kick

verb

English Language Learners Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) with your foot
: to move your leg or legs in the air or in water especially in a strong or forceful way
sports : to score (a goal) by kicking a ball

kick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of hitting someone or something with your foot : a sudden forceful movement with your foot
: an act of hitting a ball with your foot
: a sudden forceful movement

kick

verb
\ ˈkik How to pronounce kick (audio) \
kicked; kicking

Kids Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hit with the foot kick a ball
2 : to move the legs forcefully Our swimming instructor reminded us to kick.
3 : to put an end to kick a habit
kick off
1 : to start play in a game (as in football or soccer) by kicking the ball
2 : begin sense 1 Then he said, “Okay! Third grade! … We're going to try something different to kick off the year …”— Megan McDonald, Judy Moody

Other Words from kick

kicker noun

kick

noun

Kids Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a blow with the foot
2 : the act of hitting a ball with the foot
3 : a feeling or source of pleasure He gets a kick out of racing.
4 : a usually sudden strong interest He's on a health kick.

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