[ flik ]
/ flɪk /
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verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
to move with a jerk or jerks.
to flutter.
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Origin of flick

1400–50; late Middle English flykke; apparently imitative

Other definitions for flick (2 of 2)

[ flik ]
/ flɪk /

noun Slang.
a motion picture.
Also flicker.

Origin of flick

First recorded in 1925–30; shortening of flicker1
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What does flick mean?

A flick is a light, rapid movement, as in With a flick of her wrist, the magician made the card disappear.

A flick is also a sudden tap or light blow, as with a whip or a finger.

To flick is to make such a motion.

Flick is also a slang term for movie or film.

Example: Flick that spider off the table, Tony.

Where does flick come from?

The first records of the term flick come from around 1400. It comes from the Middle English flykke, which is meant to imitate the sound a flick might make. The first records of the slang flick come from around 1925. It comes from shortening the term flicker, meaning to shine unsteadily.

A flick can be given by whipping a device or quickly moving a part of the body. The most common use describes a rapid movement of the fingers to propel small objects or slightly hurt someone. It can also describe a simple movement made in a jerky manner.

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How is flick used in real life?

Flick is commonly used to refer to the motion. As a term for “movie,” flick is used in casual conversations.



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Is flick used properly in the following sentence?

Give the switch a flick to see if the power comes on.

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British Dictionary definitions for flick (1 of 2)

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Word Origin for flick

C15: of imitative origin; compare French flicflac

British Dictionary definitions for flick (2 of 2)

/ (flɪk) /

noun slang
a cinema film
the flicks the cinemawhat's on at the flicks tonight?
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