kick·​er ˈki-kər How to pronounce kicker (audio)
: one that kicks or kicks something
: 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 His success sent other teams scrambling to find soccer-style kickers. TIME, 8 Feb. 2024 In addition, when the Broncos lost their kicker to injury, Mahoni went 4-for-4 on extra points in one game last season. Walter Villa, Miami Herald, 7 Feb. 2024 Current kicker Jonah Dalmas broke the record with 26 in 2021. Ron Counts, Idaho Statesman, 6 Feb. 2024 Kimberly LaRussa, of Ten Lives Club in Erie County, N.Y., said that Swifties have united — to show their love for Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass, who missed a game-tying field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday night. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 25 Jan. 2024 Buffalo Bills kicker Tyler Bass missed a 44-yard field goal against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fourth quarter in the AFC divisional playoff game at Highmark Stadium on Jan. 21. Christopher Brito, CBS News, 24 Jan. 2024 The outcome was sealed when Bills kicker Tyler Bass missed a 44-yard field goal with 1:43 remaining and the Chiefs ran out the clock. Blair Kerkhoff, Kansas City Star, 22 Jan. 2024 And kicker Tyler Bass missing wide right — a sight that makes all Bills fans cringe — from 44 yards with 1:47 to play and the Chiefs ahead, 27-24. Tom Krasovic, San Diego Union-Tribune, 22 Jan. 2024 In 1991, Bills kicker Scott Norwood missed a 47-yarder with the same unfortunate trajectory — which cost the club a championship in Super Bowl XXV. Anna Lazarus Caplan, Peoplemag, 23 Jan. 2024 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of kicker was circa 1580

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“Kicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

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