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

Examples of kickboxing in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Despite the cold, two dozen kids, most in their early teens, had come out to the parking lot and were now doing various kickboxing exercises — spaced apart and with masks on — under the guidance of some martial arts instructors. ProPublica, "rigid restrictions on campus life," 10 Mar. 2021 Eleven people associated with the 46-year-old’s personal training or kickboxing sessions — who ranged in age from 53 to 81 — also tested positive for the virus. Los Angeles Times, "Yelling instructors, ventilation and masks: How to return to the gym safely, avoid COVID-19," 9 Mar. 2021 Adesanya was a competitive dancer before picking up kickboxing and then MMA, and few opponents have been able to touch him during his perfect run through the UFC's top 185-pound competition. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Adesanya fights Blachowicz for 2nd title belt at UFC 259," 5 Mar. 2021 But no one who attended the kickboxing sessions did. Washington Post, "Dozens got coronavirus from high-intensity workouts in gyms. The CDC warns that masks, better ventilation are a must.," 25 Feb. 2021 Two days after graduating from high school, Ramirez traveled to Thailand to hone his kickboxing skills. Edward Lee,, "As a kid, he was bullied. Now Sebastian Ramirez teaches and coaches MMA at pro level at Elkridge’s Crazy 88 Mixed Martial Arts," 27 Oct. 2020 Jeremy got into the ring with another youngster who was experienced in kickboxing. Rick Armstrong,, "Running with a purpose: Jeremy Ortiz contributes to Oswego East’s cross country team with focus on higher goal that extends to boxing ring," 2 Oct. 2020 Swimming, rowing, staring into the far-off distance, and peg-leg cardio-kickboxing are all popular North Atlantic options. James Folta, The New Yorker, "The North Atlantic Diet," 8 Sep. 2020 Class options include intro to exercise, cardio strength, yoga basics, barre, muscle building, beginner Pilates, cardio kickboxing, high-intensity training and flexibility. John Meyer, The Know, "Where to go online for free home workouts, from cardio to yoga," 27 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of kickboxing

1971, in the meaning defined above

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13 Mar 2021

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“Kickboxing.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Apr. 2021.

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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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