kick-start·​er ˈkik-ˌstär-tər How to pronounce kick-starter (audio)
: a motor starter (as on a motorcycle) that is activated by a thrust of the foot

Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of kick-starter was in 1916

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Cite this Entry

“Kick-starter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2023.

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