place·​kick | \ ˈplās-ˌkik How to pronounce placekick (audio) \

Definition of placekick

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: the kicking of a ball (such as a football) placed or held in a stationary position on the ground


placekicked; placekicking; placekicks

Definition of placekick (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to kick (a ball) from a stationary position
2 : to score by means of a placekick

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Other Words from placekick


placekicker noun

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In his Bengals career, Harris has completed 1,292 consecutive playable snaps (693 punts, 599 placekicks). Jim Owczarski,, "Cincinnati Bengals long snapper Clark Harris named to Pro Bowl," 16 Jan. 2018 Also, looks like kicker Shawn Davis will handle placekicks Ken Sugiura, ajc, "Live blog: Georgia Tech-Jacksonville State," 9 Sep. 2017 Tyler Stovall, the team's holder on placekicks, has been among four players competing for the starting punting job, according to special teams coordinator Tim Horton. Tom Green,, "The surprise addition to Auburn's punter competition," 10 Aug. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kramer also spent some time placekicking for Green Bay. Barry Wilner, Fox News, "Ray Lewis urges togetherness, love in Hall of Fame speech," 5 Aug. 2018 Mark Moseley went from placekicking legend to fast food executive. Staff,, "How Joey Chestnut Dominates July 4, Tony Hawk's Other Major Talent and More," 6 July 2018 Miller, who made five field goals and 44 extra points for the Warriors, was convinced to try placekicking by her soccer coach Kathy Siefert, who became the football team's kicking coach this season. Steve Millar, Daily Southtown, "Girls soccer notes: Crete-Monee's Grace Miller finds time for football too," 1 Apr. 2018 On placekicking situation: Nothing has changed right now since last year. Andrew Lopez,, "Full transcript of what LSU coach Ed Orgeron said after first spring practice," 11 Mar. 2018 Holder Dustin Colquitt and long snapper James Winchester and the rest of the Chiefs’ placekicking unit have a piece of this. Blair Kerkhoff, kansascity, "Chiefs’ Butker travels from practice squad to NFL weekly award winner," 1 Nov. 2017 Apparently, Culp is the winner of this week's placekicking contests in LSU's practices. Ron Higgins,, "Three questions LSU needs answered vs. Florida," 6 Oct. 2017 The fifth-year Auburn coach ultimately decided to stick with the redshirt sophomore in order to allow Carlson to focus on placekicking. Laura Goldman,, "Watch as fans celebrate Alabama's shutout of Vanderbilt with 'Rammer Jammer'," 23 Sep. 2017 LSU’s placekicking situation can generously be characterized as shaky through two games. Alex Hickey, ajc, "LSU is deeply talented, but still not without significant flaws," 10 Sep. 2017

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First Known Use of placekick


1845, in the meaning defined above


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of placekick was in 1845

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English Language Learners Definition of placekick

: a kick that is made in sports like American football and rugby when the ball has been put on the ground or is being held on the ground


place·​kick | \ ˈplās-ˌkik How to pronounce placekick (audio) \

Kids Definition of placekick

: a kick in football made with the ball held in place on the ground

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