kick·​up | \ ˈkik-ˌəp How to pronounce kickup (audio) \

Definition of kickup

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a noisy quarrel : row

kick up

kicked up; kicking up; kicks up

Definition of kick up (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to cause to rise upward clouds of dust kicked up by passing cars
2 : to stir up : provoke kick up a fuss

intransitive verb

: to give evidence of disorder

Examples of kickup in a Sentence

Noun after their last kickup, they didn't speak to each other for a week
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First Known Use of kickup


circa 1793, in the meaning defined above


1756, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

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