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

Examples of kick-starter in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Many of the islanders—particularly those in the native coalition—welcomed the new venture as a potential source of jobs, even as a kick-starter for the local economy. Rebecca Panovka, Harper's Magazine, 9 Feb. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

1916, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kick-starter was in 1916

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“Kick-starter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Jul. 2024.

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