kick·​box·​ing | \ ˈkik-ˌbäk-siŋ How to pronounce kickboxing (audio) \

Definition of kickboxing

: boxing in which boxers are permitted to kick with bare feet as in karate

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Other Words from kickboxing

kickbox \ ˈkik-​ˌbäks How to pronounce kickbox (audio) \ intransitive verb
kickboxer \ ˈkik-​ˌbäk-​sər How to pronounce kickboxer (audio) \ noun

Examples of kickboxing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The family of a man who died following a kickboxing bout nearly six years ago has resolved a long-running lawsuit, settling with some of the parties and dropping the case with others. John Diedrich, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Dennis Munson died in an amateur kickboxing bout in Milwaukee six years ago. Now his family lawsuit is settled.," 10 Feb. 2020 Hobbies: Swimming, kickboxing, walks/runs with our rescue dog Mocha, and just about anything else that can get me outside. Dalton Ross,, "Survivor: Winners at War," 15 Jan. 2020 Fitness and motivating people to have a healthy lifestyle are important to me,’’ said the 24-year-old Olivieri, who is also an instructor in kickboxing and high-intensity training, and a member of a CrossFit group. Marvin Pave,, "Former Fontbonne star on target with career goals in health and fitness," 9 Jan. 2020 Once the pounds started to fall off, the health services worker joined a local kickboxing gym and supplemented her walking with high-intensity cardio classes. People Staff,, "Get Inspired by These Incredible Weight Loss Transformations," 30 Dec. 2019 Others need a pair of workout shorts that don’t ride up during their kickboxing class. Leta Shy, SELF, "The 22 Best New Workout Leggings of 2019," 5 Nov. 2019 Discover the sport of Thai kickboxing; visit the exquisite Wat Rong Khun temple in Chiang Rai city; or take a Thai cooking class. National Geographic, "Thailand Community Service: Teaching & Mentorship," 20 Sep. 2019 The brothers are part of a dedicated group of 20 youths ages 5 to 12 who have found a home in Bel Air’s new boxing and kickboxing gym. John-john Williams Iv,, "For local kids, Bel Air’s new boxing gym is a knockout," 14 Nov. 2019 Her current certifications include ACE certified group fitness instructor, ACE health coach, Zumba, Schwinn Indoor Cycling, Kettlebell Concepts, TRX Training, and kickboxing. SELF, "How We Chose the 2019 SELF Fitness Award Winners," 5 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of kickboxing

1971, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of kickboxing was in 1971

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15 Feb 2020

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“Kickboxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of kickboxing

: a form of boxing in which fighters are allowed to kick each other with their bare feet

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