Definition of


  1. (noun, act) the act of delivering a blow with the foot
    the team's kicking was excellent
  2. (noun, act) a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
    the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him
  3. (noun, cognition) the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)
  4. (noun, communication) informal terms for objecting
  5. (noun, event) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  6. (noun, feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force
    what a boot!
    he got a quick rush from injecting heroin
    he does it for kicks
  7. (verb, communication) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
    She has a lot to kick about
  8. (verb, competition) make a goal
  9. (verb, consumption) stop consuming
    give up alcohol
  10. (verb, contact) strike with the foot
    Kick the door down
  11. (verb, contact) spring back, as from a forceful thrust
  12. (verb, contact) drive or propel with the foot
  13. (verb, motion) thrash about or strike out with the feet
  14. (verb, motion) kick a leg up

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Origin of the word Kick

  1. c.1380, "to strike out with the foot" (earliest in biblical phrase now usually rendered as kick against the pricks), of uncertain origin, perhaps from O.N. kikna "bend backwards, sink at the knees." Fig. sense of "complain, protest, rebel against" (1388) probably is from the Bible verse. Slang sense of "die" is attested from 1725 (kick the wind was slang fo… more

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Words that sound like Kick

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