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 — see also kick to the curb
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
3 : pocket, wallet
4a : a feeling or expression of opposition or objection a kick against the administration
b : the grounds for objection
5a : a powerful or forceful 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

Other Words from kick

Verb

kickable \ ˈki-​kə-​bəl How to pronounce kick (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 See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The annual SharonFest, kicking off July 28, is a party with a purpose. Jennie Key, Cincinnati.com, 20 July 2017 Indianapolis kicks off its four-game preseason schedule on Aug. 13 against the Detroit Lions. Mark Inabinett, AL.com, 18 July 2017 That would explain why Peter Dinklage kicked off this season in total silence. Joanna Robinson, HWD, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 13 July 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Delicate aromatics of honeysuckle, strawberry, watermelon and wet stones give way to intense red fruit flavors—Rainier cherry, strawberry, raspberry, cranberry—mixing with a little stone fruit and bright citrus (including a kick of orange peel). Sara L. Schneider, Robb Report, 13 May 2022 Babalola is incisively funny, capturing the kick and sweetness of her title with her words. EW.com, 12 May 2022 On what was essentially the last kick of the match, FC Cincinnati scored an own-goal to ensure Toronto's victory. Pat Brennan, The Enquirer, 2 May 2022 Merquén Smoked Chili Pepper Infused Maple Syrup Not quite a hot sauce, but the perfect gift for the mom who loves a kick of spicy with their sweets. Amber Love Bond, Forbes, 25 Apr. 2022 Want more noise and the powerful kick of electric acceleration? Elana Scherr, Car and Driver, 5 Apr. 2022 Think of Lawry’s Seasoned Salt but on steroids — not as salty, with an herbaceous kick of what tastes like oregano and rosemary. Los Angeles Times, 30 Mar. 2022 Arsenal eased to a 2-1 win at Emirates Stadium thanks to goal by Emile Smith Rowe and Bukayo Saka, with Brentford's consolation coming from virtually the last kick of the game from Christian Norgaard. Steve Douglas, ajc, 19 Feb. 2022 Evan McPherson stared down the most important kick of his life and drilled it on Saturday, putting the Cincinnati Bengals in the AFC title game for the first time in 33 years. Mitch Stacy, orlandosentinel.com, 26 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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“Kick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/kick. Accessed 23 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for kick

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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