kick·​er | \ ˈki-kər How to pronounce kicker (audio) \

Definition of kicker

1 : one that kicks or kicks something
2 : an unexpected and surprising remark, revelation, or set of circumstances

Examples of kicker in a Sentence

The real kicker came when the chairman announced that he was quitting.
Recent Examples on the Web The Buckeyes expected Seibert, the No. 2 kicker in the 2020 class, to be the answer next season all along. Nathan Baird, cleveland, "Ohio State football’s Justin Fields could not find his Sugar Bowl form against Alabama: Nathan Baird’s observations," 12 Jan. 2021 The Saints don't have another kicker in the program, so Walsh's signing could be an option in case of an emergency COVID-19 situation like the Saints faced with their running backs against the Panthers. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints to sign kicker Blair Walsh to practice squad: report," 11 Jan. 2021 Dan Bailey on Sunday became the first NFL kicker since 1961 to miss every kick in a game while attempting at least one extra point and three field goals. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Mike Zimmer's kickers have a history of disappointing the Vikings," 13 Dec. 2020 Teggart got to UConn in 2007, redshirted, and became the regular kicker at the end of 2008. Dom Amore,, "Dom Amore: Ten years ago, Dave Teggart mastered his moment, kicked UConn into the Fiesta Bowl," 8 Dec. 2020 Mazza won’t be the only scholarship kicker on the SMU roster. Sam Blum, Dallas News, "New SMU kicker Blake Mazza, a Lou Groza finalist, transferred back home for reasons bigger than football," 1 Feb. 2021 Here's the ultimate kicker: Nobody outside of our state borders views the Gophers program as a destination job. Star Tribune, "Gophers fans need to get used to annual rumors for P.J. Fleck's departure," 25 Jan. 2021 The kicker is that he's been happily married to my mom for more than 60 years. Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: As Mom’s acuity declines, Dad confides in his high school girlfriend," 16 Jan. 2021 Bulovas was the backup kicker behind Will Reichard this season. Matt Zenitz |, al, "Alabama kicker enters transfer portal," 14 Jan. 2021

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of kicker was circa 1580

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2 Mar 2021

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“Kicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of kicker

: a person who kicks something especially : a person who specializes in kicking the ball in a sport like American football
US, informal : a sudden and surprising occurrence, remark, etc.

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