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.

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The Browns are relying on rookie kicker Austin Seibert while the Titans just placed Ryan Succop (86.7% on FGs in 2018) on IR and signed Cairo Santos (77.8% on FGs in 2018, including 42.9% on FG attempts of at least 40 yards) to replace him. The Mmqb Staff,, "The MMQB Staff's Favorite Week 1 Bets Against the Spread," 5 Sep. 2019 One spot where change has yet to come is at kicker. Nora Princiotti,, "Here’s how the Patriots’ special teams shape up," 4 Sep. 2019 Brandt wasn't kidding, especially given what a dreadful season 2018 was for kickers. Cindy Boren,, "Carli Lloyd is ready for the NFL if the NFL is ready for her," 27 Aug. 2019 Vedvik was billed as an option at kicker or punter. Brian Hall,, "‘It’s unacceptable’: Vikings disappointed with kicker Kaare Vedvik’s misses after trade from Ravens," 27 Aug. 2019 The competition at kicker, including Cole Smith and Ryan Jones, is still on-going. Fletcher Page,, "What we learned during UC football's final training camp scrimmage," 18 Aug. 2019 The only real battle for a starting position is at kicker, and Elliott Fry and Eddy Pineiro will continue their auditions in their first game action since joining the Bears. Colleen Kane,, "4 things to watch in tonight’s Bears-Panthers preseason opener — starting with the kickers," 8 Aug. 2019 There is competition at kicker, returner and maybe even punter. Scott Patsko,, "Mike Priefer on kicking concerns, Odell Beckham Jr. returning punts and The Scottish Hammer’s chances," 1 Aug. 2019 The 49ers, instead, placed a franchise tag on the kicker. Pueng Vongs, The Mercury News, "Photos: 49ers kicker Robbie Gould sells Illinois mansion," 13 June 2019

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First Known Use of kicker

circa 1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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Financial Definition of kicker

What It Is

In the finance world, a kicker is a feature that makes a security more attractive.

How It Works

Often, kickers are equity kickers, which are the right but not the obligation to buy shares of the issuer of a bond. These equity kickers come with the bond, making them more saleable to investors.

Sometimes, kickers aren't useful. For instance, they might offer the bondholder the right to buy shares at $8 a share, which only comes in handy if the shares are trading above $8. In those cases, the bond issuer might increase the coupon rate instead.

Why It Matters

Kickers get deals done. They make securities more saleable, and they help companies raise the capital they need to raise to grow. For investors, kickers can raise the gains or profits they might earn on a security.

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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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