kick·​off | \ ˈkik-ˌȯf How to pronounce kickoff (audio) \

Definition of kickoff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a kick that puts the ball into play in a football or soccer game the opening kickoff
2 : the start of something : commencement the campaign kickoff

kick off

kicked off; kicking off; kicks off

Definition of kick off (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to start or resume play in football by a placekick
2a : to initiate proceedings
b : to start out : begin the movie kicks off with a bank robbery
3 slang : die

transitive verb

: to mark the beginning of kick off the campaign

Examples of kickoff in a Sentence

Noun At his campaign kickoff, the senator gave a passionate speech about combating poverty. His speech marked the kickoff of his campaign. Verb I'll kick off the discussion on ethics with this question. surprisingly, the recluse was worth a cool million when he kicked off
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Denver had the worst kickoff-return rate in the NFL last season with a 16.2-yard average on 26 returns. Mark Inabinett |, al, 16 May 2022 In addition to ranking in the bottom half of the league in many major categories, the 49ers allowed a 99-yard kickoff-return score and 73-yard touchdown run on a fake punt. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 7 Mar. 2022 The game did not feature a touchdown until the final minute of the third quarter when Stanford Jennings broke a 6-6 tie with a 93-yard kickoff return. Los Angeles Times, 13 Feb. 2022 Returner Devin Duvernay appeared closed to breaking a kickoff return but couldn’t get past that first wave. Mike Preston,, 9 Jan. 2022 The 24-year-old Covey’s sensational 97-yard romp through the Buckeyes' coverage unit was the first kickoff return for a touchdown in Utah’s entire bowl history. Greg Beacham,, 2 Jan. 2022 Under former coach Maurice Drayton, the Packers had the worst punt coverage in the NFL, the worst kickoff return average, the worst field goal percentage, and had a field goal and a punt blocked in the playoff loss to the 49ers. Ben Volin,, 4 June 2022 And their average rank in punt-return average (17th) and kickoff-return average (20th) over the past decade falls in the bottom half of the league. Eric Branch, San Francisco Chronicle, 20 Mar. 2022 Egbuka verged on becoming one of the nation’s best kickoff return threats and already has a couple of receiving highlights to his name. Nathan Baird, cleveland, 12 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Businesses in gateway communities have been forced to close this week and reconsider operating through the summer season, which doesn’t officially kick off until June 21. Jiachuan Wu, NBC News, 17 June 2022 Teachers know that there's no better way to kick off a new school year and get to know your students than with a few back-to-school activities. Corinne Sullivan, Woman's Day, 15 June 2022 That changes starting Thursday June 9, when the Jan. 6th Committee will hold a series of public hearings to begin to reveal its findings, which kick off in prime time. Chris Morris, Fortune, 9 June 2022 This week on the Sunday edition of the 5 Things podcast, CNN Congressional Correspondent Ryan Nobles previews the high-profile January 6 hearings that kick off this week. Andrew Torgan, CNN, 5 June 2022 This profile is a great read to kick off Pride Month. Sonja Sharpstaff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 3 June 2022 Event producers, performers and Special Olympics athletes are gearing up for a full week of sporting events and festivities in Orlando, all of which will kick off with great fanfare this Sunday. Patrick Connolly, Orlando Sentinel, 2 June 2022 The Jaguars will open the season Sept. 3 at home against Nicholls State in a game that will kick off at 4 p.m. Central. Creg Stephenson |, al, 26 May 2022 The Pasadena Playhouse has announced its lineup for the 2022-23 season, including a six-month Sondheim Celebration that will kick off in January 2023. Jenelle Riley, Variety, 19 May 2022 See More

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First Known Use of kickoff


1856, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1857, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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“Kickoff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jul. 2022.

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kick·​off | \ ˈkik-ˌȯf How to pronounce kickoff (audio) \

Kids Definition of kickoff

: a kick that puts the ball into play (as in football or soccer)

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