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place·​kick ˈplās-ˌkik How to pronounce placekick (audio)
: the kicking of a ball (such as a football) placed or held in a stationary position on the ground


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placekicked; placekicking; placekicks

transitive verb

: to kick (a ball) from a stationary position
: to score by means of a placekick
placekicker noun

Examples of placekick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
The Rams veteran punter/placekick holder completed a pass to tight end Kendall Blanton on a fake field-goal attempt. Gary Klein Staff Writer, Los Angeles Times, 16 Nov. 2021 Lynch also worked as the holder on placekicks and moved to tight end before last season, catching a two-yard touchdown pass against Arizona. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 6 Apr. 2020 The Tennessee placekick scored the only points of the quarter on field goals of 36 and 48 yards. Evan Dudley, al, 3 Nov. 2019 Miami redshirt sophomore backup kicker Turner Davidson, who Diaz went to for placekicks over the struggling Baxa, got those three points back on an even-shorter 19-yard field goal. David Furones,, 12 Oct. 2019 That means true freshman Jude Pedrozo will take over snapping duties on punts and placekicks. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 3 Sep. 2019 True freshman and preferred walk-on Jude Pedrozo has been thrust into the role of delivering the ball to Hartbarger on punts and setting up junior Matt Coghlin on placekicks. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 5 Sep. 2019 His only game action came as the holder on placekicks. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, 9 Aug. 2019 But Colquitt is credited in the box score with nine special teams snaps, thanks to Matt Prater’s six extra points and three field goals—his ability to hold on placekicks kept the streak alive. Mitch Goldich,, 19 July 2019
Before video, players like Filipovic, who placekicked in college, would have to do their own research and find time outside of practice to work on mechanical drills. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, 23 Dec. 2019 Senior Matt O’Neill does yeoman’s work for Hinsdale Central by playing safety and slot receiver, along with handling placekicking duties. Gregg Voss,, 19 Oct. 2019 Young attended Butler on a scholarship split between placekicking duties for the football team and singing commitments to the school's classical choir. David Lindquist, Indianapolis Star, 22 Nov. 2019 For Alabama, Joseph Bulovas stepped in for the injured Will Reichard in placekicking responsibilities midway through the Southern Miss game Week 4. Michael Casagrande |, al, 7 Nov. 2019 Requisite placekicking status report: In his second game as a Patriot, Mike Nugent made all five of his extra points, only the second time a Patriot kicker has hit ’em all this year., 12 Oct. 2019 The Bears picked Butler, an All-American at Georgia, in the fourth round but did not hand him the placekicking job. Will Larkin,, 8 June 2019 Kramer also spent some time placekicking for Green Bay. Barry Wilner, Fox News, 5 Aug. 2018 Mark Moseley went from placekicking legend to fast food executive. Staff,, 6 July 2018 See More

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Word History

First Known Use


1845, in the meaning defined above


1845, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of placekick was in 1845

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Cite this Entry

“Placekick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 5 Dec. 2023.

Kids Definition


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