Definition of


  1. (noun, event) a light sharp contact (usually with something flexible)
    he felt the flick of a whip
  2. (noun, communication) a short stroke
  3. (noun, communication) a form of entertainment that enacts a story by sound and a sequence of images giving the illusion of continuous movement
    the film was shot on location
  4. (verb, perception) flash intermittently
  5. (verb, perception) look through a book or other written material
    She leafed through the volume
  6. (verb, motion) cause to move with a flick
  7. (verb, contact) throw or toss with a quick motion
    jerk his head
  8. (verb, weather) shine unsteadily
  9. (verb, contact) twitch or flutter
  10. (verb, contact) cause to make a snapping sound
  11. (verb, contact) touch or hit with a light, quick blow
  12. (verb, change) remove with a flick (of the hand)

via WordNet, Princeton University

Origin of the word Flick

  1. mid-15c., probably imitative of a light blow with a whip. Earliest recorded use is in phrase not worth a flykke "useless." As slang for "film," it is first attested 1926, a back formation from flicker, from their flickering appearance. The verb is first recorded 1838; meaning "quick turn of the wrist" is from 1897, originally in cricket. Related: Flicked; <… more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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