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[kik-er] /ˈkɪk ər/
a person or thing that kicks.
  1. a disadvantageous point or circumstance, usually concealed or unnoticed:
    The tickets are free, but the kicker is that you have to wait in line for hours to get them.
  2. a surprising change or turn of events:
    The kicker was that their friends knew it before they did.
something extra, as an additional cost or gain; an added expense or financial incentive.
Draw Poker. a card, usually an ace or face card, held with a pair or three of a kind in the hope of drawing a matching card.
(in concrete construction) a low plinth at the base of a column.
kickers, Slang. shoes, especially leisure shoes.
  1. a small, low-powered outboard motor.
  2. an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
Slang. the alcoholic liquor in a mixed drink.
Also called eyebrow, highline, overline, teaser. Printing, Journalism. a short line of copy set in a distinctive type above a headline and intended to call attention to it.
Metallurgy. a charge of high-carbon iron that produces a vigorous boil when charged into an open-hearth furnace containing slag and molten metal of lower carbon content.
Also called kicker light. Photography. a light source coming from the back and side of a subject and producing a highlight.
Origin of kicker
First recorded in 1565-75; kick + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • The next step in the education of the kicker is the side swing.

    American Football Walter Camp
  • "No, I'll go out after that kicker," he said, ashamed of his slovenly work.

    Blue-Bird Weather Robert W. Chambers
  • The kicker shall not play the ball a second time until it has been played by another player.

    Association Football John Cameron
  • But here's the kicker: even though no one else can get in, you can't get out!

    Suite Mentale Gordon Randall Garrett
  • Leaving the Alhambra he returned to the kicker office, seating himself again at his desk.

    The Coming of the Law Charles Alden Seltzer
British Dictionary definitions for kicker


a person or thing that kicks
(sport) a player in a rugby or occasionally a soccer team whose task is to attempt to kick conversions, penalty goals, etc
(US & Canadian, slang) a hidden and disadvantageous factor, such as a clause in a contract
(informal) any light outboard motor for propelling a boat
(poker) the highest unpaired card in a hand, used to decide the outcome of an otherwise tied round
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for kicker

1570s, agent noun from kick (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for kicker



  1. A complainer; kvetch (1876+)
  2. A small motor, esp an outboard, used for a boat; eggbeater (1928+)
  3. Anything that gives great pleasure; kick: The kicker was the station wagon (1940s+)
  4. A hidden cost, qualification, defect, etc; catch: The kicker is that if you are subject to this requirement, your homeowner's policy will not cover the injuries/ The kicker to this one is simple (1970s+)

[fourth sense probably fr poker, ''a high card kept, along with a pair, in draw poker,'' found by 1892]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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