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 Maldonado has found a home at the next level with NCAA Division III powerhouse Wisconsin-Whitewater, but the senior kicker felt slighted by other college coaches and channeled that into three field goals against Oswego East. Paul Johnson,, "‘He’s mad at the world’: Matt Maldonado makes three field goals, including winner as time expires, to lift Yorkville past Oswego East," 3 Apr. 2021 Senior kicker Cam Doolan went 5-for-5 on extra points for the Owls. Megan Woodward,, "Westminster football moves to 2-0, intends to ‘enjoy every second’ of shortened season," 12 Mar. 2021 After three seasons, the Vikings released veteran kicker Dan Bailey on Tuesday. Andrew Krammer, Star Tribune, "Vikings release kicker Dan Bailey after three seasons," 9 Mar. 2021 Miami’s group of draft prospects includes defensive ends Gregory Rousseau, Jaelan Phillips and Quincy Roche, tight end Brevin Jordan and kicker Jose Borregales. David Furones,, "Miami Hurricanes have Pro Day date set," 25 Feb. 2021 The New Orleans Saints are signing veteran kicker Blair Walsh to their practice squad, according to a report from Tom Pelissero of the NFL Network. Amie Just | Staff Writer,, "Saints to sign kicker Blair Walsh to practice squad: report," 11 Jan. 2021 Ohio State was already without kicker Blake Haubeil and defensive lineman Tommy Togiai and defensive end Tyreke Smith., "Perfect ending: Alabama blasts Ohio State for national title," 11 Jan. 2021 Veteran kicker Graham Gano has made 28 of 29 field-goal attempts, with his only miss coming from beyond 50 yards. Childs Walker,, "Ravens vs. Giants scouting report for Week 16: Who has the edge?," 24 Dec. 2020 The next night, senior kicker Jack Howes bounced a 40-yard field goal off the crossbar and through the uprights with four seconds to go for a 30-28 win. J.c. Carnahan,, "Edgewater gets Class 7A football state final rematch vs. St. Thomas Aquinas, this time in Tallahassee," 14 Dec. 2020

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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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7 Apr 2021

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“Kicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 13 Apr. 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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