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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placekicker noun

Examples of placekick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Former UCLA tight end Matt Lynch is headed to Colorado," 6 Apr. 2020 The Tennessee placekick scored the only points of the quarter on field goals of 36 and 48 yards. Evan Dudley, al, "Quarter-by-quarter look at UAB’s 30-7 loss at Tennessee," 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,, "Miami Hurricanes get much-needed victory against No. 20 Virginia," 12 Oct. 2019 That means true freshman Jude Pedrozo will take over snapping duties on punts and placekicks. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, "Michigan State football's long snapper out for season, job goes to freshman," 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, "Michigan State football's Jake Hartbarger booming punts again after injury-shortened 2018," 5 Sep. 2019 His only game action came as the holder on placekicks. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "Matt Lynch finds new possibilities with new position at UCLA," 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,, "A Salute to the NFL Ironmen of the Decade," 19 July 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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, "Colleges are crushing them; NFL teams can't pick them. Why NFL kickers are so hard to find.," 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,, "Hinsdale Central gives Glenbard West its best shot in OT loss," 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, "Indianapolis R&B singer Andrew Young attracts fans in countries where he's never performed," 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, "Where Nick Saban’s seen improvement in Alabama’s kicker," 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., "Tom Brady passes Peyton Manning on all-time passing yards list," 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,, "Ranking the 100 best Bears players ever: No. 90, Kevin Butler," 8 June 2019 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

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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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“Placekick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Apr. 2021.

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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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