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 Tennessee’s Brent Cimaglia was chosen as the first-team kicker. Creg Stephenson |, al, "’s 2020 Preseason All-SEC defense revealed," 1 July 2020 Future hall-of-fame kicker Adam Vinatieri has put his $2.25 million Carmel estate up for sale. Jim Ayello, The Indianapolis Star, "Colts kicker Adam Vinatieri puts $2.25 million Carmel home on market," 9 July 2020 Fort Payne kicker Alex McPherson picked up his third SEC scholarship offer on Thursday, this one from LSU. Dennis Victory, al, "Recruiting news, coaching changes, golf highlight high school sports roundup," 20 June 2020 He’s played for two teams in two leagues that no longer exist, but if training camps go off as planned starting later this month, the former Prattville High School place-kicker will have his best chance yet at earning a place in the NFL. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Austin MacGinnis won’t sell himself short in pursuit of NFL," 4 July 2020 As Michigan State lined up for the kick, Mel hadn’t identified the kicker’s name. Stephen Borelli, USA TODAY, "Brotherly love for a Yankees icon: Remembering Larry Allen," 2 July 2020 And here's the kicker: The government sued YRC for ripping it off. Chris Isidore, CNN, "The Trump administration just lent $700 million to a trucking company sued for ripping off taxpayers," 1 July 2020 All-Big Ten member and earned the conference's kicker of the year award twice. Evan Petzold, Detroit Free Press, "Big Ten All-Decade Team: Our picks for the best players in conference from last decade," 29 June 2020 The team has even looked at Japanese kicker Toshiki Sato. Calvin Watkins, Dallas News, "6 things to look for from the Cowboys as the NFL enters its dead period: Will Jerry Jones talk?," 27 June 2020

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Kicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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