verb \ˈkik\

Definition of kick

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to strike out with the foot or feetb :  to make a kick in football

  3. 2a :  to show opposition :  resist, rebelb :  to protest strenuously or urgently :  express grave discontent; broadly :  complain

  4. 3 :  to function with vitality and energy alive and kicking

  5. 4 of a firearm :  to recoil when fired

  6. 5 :  to go from one place to another as circumstance or whim dictates

  7. 6 :  to run at a faster speed during the last part of a race

  8. transitive verb
  9. 1a :  to strike, thrust, or hit with the footb :  to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the footc :  to remove by a kicking motion kicked off her shoesd :  to remove from a position or status kicked him off the team

  10. 2 :  to score by kicking a ball

  11. 3 :  to heap reproaches upon (oneself) kicked themselves for not going

  12. 4 :  to free oneself of (something, such as a drug habit)


play \ˈki-kə-bəl\ adjective

kick ass

  1. often vulgar :  to kick butt

kick butt

  1. :  to use forceful or coercive measures in order to achieve a purpose; also :  to succeed or win overwhelmingly

kick over the traces

  1. :  to cast off restraint, authority, or control

kick the bucket

  1. :  die

kick up one's heels

  1. 1 :  to show sudden delight

  2. 2 :  to have a lively time

kick upstairs

  1. :  to promote to a higher but less desirable position

Examples of kick in a sentence

  1. The attacker kicked him in the stomach.

  2. She lost her temper and kicked over the box.

  3. He kicked the ball into the goal.

  4. She kicked the ball to me.

  5. The policeman kicked the door open.

  6. The baby kicked his legs in the air.

  7. The swimming instructor reminded the children to kick their legs as they swam.

  8. The baby kicked with pleasure.

  9. He kicked the winning field goal.

  10. When he was 25, he kicked his cocaine habit and went back to school.

Origin and Etymology of kick

Middle English kiken

First Known Use: 14th century




Definition of kick

  1. 1a :  a blow or sudden forceful thrust with the foot; specifically :  a sudden propelling of a ball with the footb :  the power to kickc :  a rhythmic motion of the legs used in swimmingd :  a burst of speed in racing

  2. 2 :  a sudden forceful jolt or thrust suggesting a kick; especially :  the recoil of a gun

  3. 3 :  pocket, wallet

  4. 4a :  a feeling or expression of opposition or objection a kick against the administrationb :  the grounds for objection

  5. 5a :  an effect suggestive of a kick chili with a kickb :  a stimulating or pleasurable effect or experience got a big kick out of meeting himc :  pursuit of an absorbing or obsessive new interest a skiing kick

  6. 6 :  kicker 2

  7. 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

Examples of kick in a sentence

  1. He gave me a kick in the leg.

  2. If you give the machine a little kick, it should start working again.

  3. a long kick in football


First Known Use of kick


Other Field and Goal Sports Terms

KICK Defined for English Language Learners



verb \ˈkik\

Definition of kick for English Language Learners

  • : 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




Definition of kick for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids



verb \ˈkik\

Definition of kick for Students




  1. 1 :  to hit with the foot kick a ball

  2. 2 :  to move the legs forcefully Our swimming instructor reminded us to kick.

  3. 3 :  to put an end to kick a habit



kick off

  1. 1 :  to start play in a game (as in football or soccer) by kicking the ball

  2. 2 :  begin 1 Then he said, “Okay! Third grade! … We're going to try something different to kick off the year …” — Megan McDonald, Judy Moody




Definition of kick for Students

  1. 1 :  a blow with the foot

  2. 2 :  the act of hitting a ball with the foot

  3. 3 :  a feeling or source of pleasure He gets a kick out of racing.

  4. 4 :  a usually sudden strong interest He's on a health kick.

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