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This page has 32 definitions of kick in English, Dutch, Flemish, and German. Kick is a verb and noun. Examples of how to use kick in a sentence are shown. Also define these 47 related words and terms: strike, hit, foot, leg, eject, summarily, Internet, overcome, bothersome, difficult, issue, obstacle, recoil, chess, attack, cycling, accelerate, pedal, stroke, opposition, resistance, printing, press, treadle, knee, swing, tickle, fancy, fun, amusing, piquancy, stimulation, soccer, pass, pocket, film, television, kicker, die, kick, thrill, first person, singular, present tense, indicative mood, kicken, and imperative mood.

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English kick definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

A boy kicking a ball.

From Middle English kiken (to strike out with the foot), from Old Norse kikna (to sink at the knees) and keikja (to bend backwards) (compare Old Norse keikr (bent backwards, the belly jutting forward)), from Proto-Germanic *kaikaz (bent backwards), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kī-, *kij- (to split, dodge, swerve sidewards), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeyH- (to sprout, shoot). Compare also Dutch kijken (to look), Middle Low German kīken (to look, watch). See keek.

Verb

kick (third-person singular simple present kicks, present participle kicking, simple past and past participle kicked)

  1. (transitive) To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg.
    Did you kick your brother?
    • 1895, George MacDonald, Lilith, Chapter XII: Friends and Foes,
      I was cuffed by the women and kicked by the men because I would not swallow it.
    • 1905, Fielding H. Yost, Football for Player and Spectator, Chapter 6,
      A punt is made by letting the ball drop from the hands and kicking it just before it touches the ground.
    • 1919, Sherwood Anderson, Winesburg, Ohio, The Teacher: concerning Kate Swift,
      Will Henderson, who had on a light overcoat and no overshoes, kicked the heel of his left foot with the toe of the right.
    • 2020 September 9, Jason Chamberlain, “The growing likelihood of a 'different type of railway'”, in Rail, page 45:
      Or to put it in the more colourful language of our Prime Minister: "The secret to improving rail transport, in my view, is you need to find the right arse to kick." Unfortunately, since the abolition of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in 2005, the DfT has ostensibly been in direct control of railway policy setting, and this has meant that the only arse the government has been able to kick is its own.
    • Hit definition
      To strike.
      1. To administer a blow to, directly or with a weapon or missile. (1 of 24 hit definitions)
  2. (intransitive) To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.
    He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick.
    • 1877, Anna Sewell, Black Beauty, Chapter 1: My Early Home
      Sometimes we had rather rough play, for they would frequently bite and kick as well as gallop.
    • 1904, Stratemeyer Syndicate, The Bobbsey Twins, Chapter II: Rope Jumping, and What Followed,
      "If you did that, I'd kick," answered Freddie, and began to kick real hard into the air.
  3. (transitive) To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
    Kick the ball into the goal.
  4. (with "off" or "out") To eject summarily.
    • 1936 October, Robert E. Howard, The Conquerin' Hero of the Humbolts, published in Action Stories
      "He's been mad at me ever since I fired him off'n my payroll. After I kicked him off'n my ranch he run for sheriff, and the night of the election everybody was so drunk they voted for him by mistake, or for a joke, or somethin', and since he's been in office he's been lettin' the sheepmen steal me right out of house and home."
    • 1976 February 3, Bill Gates, An Open Letter to Hobbyists,
      They are the ones who give hobbyists a bad name, and should be kicked out of any club meeting they show up at.
    • 1992, Sir Mix-a-Lot (lyrics), Rick Rubin and Sir Mix-a-Lot (music), “Baby Got Back”, in Mack Daddy, Def American Recordings:
      Dial 1-900-Mix-a-Lot and kick them nasty thoughts.
  5. (intransitive, Internet) To forcibly remove a participant from an online activity.
    He was kicked by ChanServ for flooding.
    • Internet definition
      The specific internet consisting of a global network of computers that communicate using Internet Protocol (IP) and that use Border Gateway Protocol (BGP) to identify the best paths to route those communications.
  6. (transitive, slang) To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free oneself of (a problem).
    I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
  7. To move or push suddenly and violently.
    He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
    • 2011, Tom Andry, Bob Moore: No Hero
      The back of the car kicked out violently, forcing me to steer into the slide and accelerate in order to maintain control.
  8. (of a firearm) To recoil; to push by recoiling.
    • 2003, Jennifer C. D. Groomes, The Falcon Project, page 174,
      Lying on the ground, when fired, it kicked me back a foot. There was no way a person my size was going to be able to do an effective job with this gun.
    • 2006, Daniel D. Scherschel, Maple Grove, page 81,
      I asked my sister Jeanette if she wanted to shoot the 12 ga. shotgun. She replied, "does it kick"?
    • Recoil definition
      A starting or falling back; a rebound; a shrinking. (1 of 4 recoil definitions)
  9. (chess, transitive) To attack (a piece) in order to force it to move.
  10. (intransitive, cycling) To accelerate quickly with a few pedal strokes in an effort to break away from other riders.
    Contador kicks again to try to rid himself of Rasmussen.
  11. (intransitive) To show opposition or resistance.
  12. (printing, historical) To work a press by impact of the foot on a treadle.
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Noun

kick (plural kicks)

  1. A hit or strike with the leg, foot or knee.
    A kick to the knee.
    • 1890, Jacob Riis, How the Other Half Lives, Chapter VII: A Raid on the Stable-Beer Dives,
      A kick of his boot-heel sent the door flying into the room.
    • 2011, Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England [1]
      Elsad Zverotic gave Montenegro hope with a goal with the last kick of the first half - and when Rooney was deservedly shown red by referee Wolfgang Stark, England were placed under pressure they could not survive.
  2. The action of swinging a foot or leg.
    The ballerina did a high kick and a leap.
  3. (colloquial) Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
    I finally saw the show. What a kick!
    I think I sprained something on my latest exercise kick.
  4. (Internet) The removal of a person from an online activity.
  5. (figuratively) Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet.
    The car had a nasty kick the whole way.
    The pool ball took a wild kick, up off the table.
  6. (uncountable and countable) Piquancy.
    • 2002, Ellen and Michael Albertson, Temptations, Fireside, →ISBN, page 124 [2]:
      Add a little cascabel pepper to ordinary tomato sauce to give it a kick.
    • 2003, Sheree Bykofsky and Megan Buckley, Sexy City Cocktails, Adams Media, →ISBN, page 129 [3]:
      For extra kick, hollow out a lime, float it on top of the drink, and fill it with tequila.
    • 2007 August 27, Anthony Lane, "Lone Sailors", The New Yorker, volume 83, Issues 22-28
      The first time I saw "Deep Water," the trace of mystery in the Crowhurst affair gave the movie a kick of excitement.
    • Piquancy definition
      The degree to which something is piquant, stimulating or exciting.
  7. A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
  8. (soccer) A pass played by kicking with the foot.
  9. (soccer) The distance traveled by kicking the ball.
    a long kick up the field.
  10. A recoil of a gun.
  11. (informal) Pocket.
    • Pocket definition
      A bag stitched to an item of clothing, used for carrying small items. (1 of 19 pocket definitions)
  12. An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
  13. (film, television) Synonym of kicker (backlight positioned at an angle)
    • Television definition
      An electronic communication medium that allows the transmission of real-time visual images, and often sound. (1 of 4 television definitions)
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Etymology 2

Shortening of kick the bucket.

Verb

kick (third-person singular simple present kicks, present participle kicking, simple past and past participle kicked)

  1. (intransitive) To die.
    • 2005, Melissa L. Rossi, What every American should know about who's really running the world[4], page 211:
      Who knows what will happen to his billions when the eighty-five-year-old kicks, but before he leaves the planet, Moon reportedly is hell-bent on creating a holy land in North Korea, dedicated to him.

Etymology 3

Shortening of kick ass

Verb

kick (third-person singular simple present kicks, present participle kicking, simple past and past participle kicked)

  1. (slang, intransitive) To be emphatically excellent.
    That band really kicks.

Dutch kick definition

Pronunciation

Etymology 1

Borrowing from English kick.

Noun

kick m (plural kicks)

  1. kick, thrill (something that excites or gives pleasure)

Etymology 2

See the etymology of the main entry.

Verb

kick

  1. first-person singular present indicative of kicken
    • Present Tense definition
      A grammatical tense whose principal function is to locate a situation or event in the present time.
  2. imperative of kicken

German kick definition

Pronunciation

Verb

kick

  1. singular imperative of kicken
  2. (colloquial) first-person singular present of kicken