kick

verb
\ ˈkik How to pronounce kick (audio) \
kicked; kicking; kicks

Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to strike out with the foot or feet
b : to make a kick in football
2a : to show opposition : resist, rebel
b : to protest strenuously or urgently : express grave discontent broadly : complain
3 : to function with vitality and energy alive and kicking
4 of a firearm : to recoil when fired
5 : to go from one place to another as circumstance or whim dictates
6 : to run at a faster speed during the last part of a race

transitive verb

1a : to strike, thrust, or hit with the foot
b : to strike suddenly and forcefully as if with the foot
c : to remove by a kicking motion kicked off her shoes
d : to remove from a position or status kicked him off the team
2 : to score by kicking a ball
3 : to heap reproaches upon (oneself) kicked themselves for not going
4 : to free oneself of (something, such as a drug habit)
kick ass
often vulgar : to kick butt
kick butt
: to use forceful or coercive measures in order to achieve a purpose also : to succeed or win overwhelmingly
kick over the traces
: to cast off restraint, authority, or control
kick the bucket
: die
kick up one's heels
1 : to show sudden delight
2 : to have a lively time
kick upstairs
: to promote to a higher but less desirable position

kick

noun

Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a blow or sudden forceful thrust with the foot specifically : a sudden propelling of a ball with the foot
b : the power to kick
c : a rhythmic motion of the legs used in swimming
d : a burst of speed in racing
2 : a sudden forceful jolt or thrust suggesting a kick especially : the recoil of a gun
4a : a feeling or expression of opposition or objection a kick against the administration
b : the grounds for objection
5a : a powerful or foreceful effect chili with a kick
b : a stimulating or pleasurable effect or experience often used in the phrases get a kick out of and (just) for kicks … we just got a big kick out of seeing our names in the paper— Joel Stein She plays golf just for kicks [=for fun].
c : pursuit of an absorbing or obsessive new interest usually used with on "… I'll get on a kick though where I can't get enough of something, and it'll show up in everything. … "— Danny Markowicz If you're on a post-Christmas health kick, there are plenty of seasonal vegetables to keep you going …— Caroline Lindsay
7 kicks plural, US slang : shoes or sneakers … nothing draws more attention to a rare pair of kicks than the cuffed hem of slim sweats.— Steve Dool

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Other Words from kick

Verb

kickable \ ˈki-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce kickable (audio) \ adjective

Examples of kick in a Sentence

Verb The attacker kicked him in the stomach. She lost her temper and kicked over the box. He kicked the ball into the goal. She kicked the ball to me. The policeman kicked the door open. The baby kicked his legs in the air. The swimming instructor reminded the children to kick their legs as they swam. The baby kicked with pleasure. He kicked the winning field goal. When he was 25, he kicked his cocaine habit and went back to school. Noun He gave me a kick in the leg. If you give the machine a little kick, it should start working again. a long kick in football
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The annual SharonFest, kicking off July 28, is a party with a purpose. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, "SharonFest 2017, the party with a purpose, kicks off July 28," 20 July 2017 Indianapolis kicks off its four-game preseason schedule on Aug. 13 against the Detroit Lions. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, "Ryan Kelly looking forward to second NFL season at center of Indianapolis Colts' offensive line," 18 July 2017 That would explain why Peter Dinklage kicked off this season in total silence. Joanna Robinson, HWD, "Game of Thrones Showrunners Explain Daenerys’s Odd, Silent Arrival," 16 July 2017 FCKC ORL Shots 7 25 Shots on goal 3 11 Saves 7 2 Corner kicks3 8 Fouls 5 10 Offsides 3 0 YELLOW CARDS Kansas City: Gibbons, 88th. kansascity, "FC Kansas City summary for July 15," 15 July 2017 Moving the cattle somewhere else to avoid conflict if wolves show up — or kicking them off the national forest altogether, as some critics would like — isn’t so simple. Lynda V. Mapes, The Seattle Times, "With cattle in Washington’s wolf country, ranchers work and worry," 14 July 2017 On a makeshift kickball field on the National Mall, Jacquelyn Keenan cheered as one of her teammates kicked a rubber ball into the air and sprinted for first base. Jim Rendon, New York Times, "In Social Sports, It’s About Camaraderie, Not Competition," 14 July 2017 Baseball's annual swap-o-rama got underway Thursday as the Cubs and White Sox kicked off the traditional shuffling of prospects for potential game-changers. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Buyers, sellers and more: What to watch for in second half of MLB season," 13 July 2017 Others pointed out that members of Congress have been scolded too, as when Representative Bobby Rush was kicked off the floor for wearing a hoodie to honor Trayvon Martin. David A. Graham, The Atlantic, "Why Bogus News Stories Are So Hard to Stop," 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun However, McLaughlin, an emergency sub signed six days before kickoff who had made kicks of 43, 39 and 47 yards, pulled the attempt wide left. Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "49ers no longer perfect, fall to Seahawks 27-24 in overtime," 11 Nov. 2019 On that miss, the laces of the ball were facing Vinatieri, which makes kicks more difficult. Scott Horner, Indianapolis Star, "Colts' kicker Adam Vinatieri misses a PAT after 2 FGs vs. Dolphins," 10 Nov. 2019 Further Reading Air Force certifies Falcon Heavy, orders satellite launch for 2020 A final possibility is SpaceX's Falcon Heavy rocket, with a kick stage. Eric Berger, Ars Technica, "The White House puts a price on the SLS rocket—and it’s a lot," 6 Nov. 2019 Harris played cornerback and wide receiver for U-High Baton Rouge, and also returned kicks on special teams. Joseph Goodman | Jgoodman@al.com, al, "The key defensive player from Baton Rouge only Alabama and Nick Saban saw coming," 5 Nov. 2019 In addition to 145 yards from scrimmage and two touchdowns on 13 touches, Visor returned kicks of 80 and 72 yards as the Eagles earned their first win, 44-6 against Scarborough. Adam Coleman, Houston Chronicle, "Chron's boys athlete of the week: Christian Lee, Friendswood," 4 Nov. 2019 The democratic revolution kick-started by Abiy Ahmed, the prime minister, last year has long been bittersweet. The Economist, "Ethnic violence threatens to tear Ethiopia apart," 2 Nov. 2019 Thorpe rushes, returns kicks and does all the kicking in putting on a one-man show. Paul Montella, San Diego Union-Tribune, "AP Sportlight," 20 Oct. 2019 The first set-piece battle between the two Smiths emphasizes every punch, kick, and fall with alarming veracity; in high frame rate, there’s no blurring when bodies move, no way to hide Hollywood trickery. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Gemini Man Is Splendidly Bizarre," 9 Oct. 2019

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First Known Use of kick

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1530, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for kick

Verb

Middle English kiken

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Cite this Entry

“Kick.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kicking%20butt. Accessed 22 November 2019.

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kick

verb
How to pronounce kick (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to hit (someone or something) with your foot
: to move your leg or legs in the air or in water especially in a strong or forceful way
sports : to score (a goal) by kicking a ball

kick

noun

English Language Learners Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of hitting someone or something with your foot : a sudden forceful movement with your foot
: an act of hitting a ball with your foot
: a sudden forceful movement

kick

verb
\ ˈkik How to pronounce kick (audio) \
kicked; kicking

Kids Definition of kick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to hit with the foot kick a ball
2 : to move the legs forcefully Our swimming instructor reminded us to kick.
3 : to put an end to kick a habit
kick off
1 : to start play in a game (as in football or soccer) by kicking the ball
2 : begin sense 1 Then he said, “Okay! Third grade! … We're going to try something different to kick off the year …”— Megan McDonald, Judy Moody

Other Words from kick

kicker noun

kick

noun

Kids Definition of kick (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a blow with the foot
2 : the act of hitting a ball with the foot
3 : a feeling or source of pleasure He gets a kick out of racing.
4 : a usually sudden strong interest He's on a health kick.

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