verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- thrill; pleasurable excitement: His biggest kick comes from telling about the victory.
- a strong but temporary interest, often an activity: Making mobiles is his latest kick.
- a stimulating or intoxicating quality in alcoholic drink.
- vim, vigor, or energy.
- an instance of kicking the ball.
- any method of kicking the ball: place kick.
- a kicked ball.
- the distance such a ball travels.
- a turn at kicking the ball.
- to treat (someone) harshly or inconsiderately.
- to consider, discuss, or speculate about (a proposal, project, etc.): We kicked around various ideas for raising money.
- to experiment with.
- to pass time idly; wander from place to place aimlessly: We just kicked around for a year after college.
- to remain unused, unemployed, or unnoticed: The script has been kicking around for years.
- to recoil, especially vigorously or unexpectedly.
- Informal. to give someone a kickback.
- Slang. to return (stolen property, money, etc.) to the owner.
- to relax: Let's just kick back and enjoy the weekend.
- to contribute one's share, especially in money.
- Slang. to die.
- to become operational; activate; go into effect: The air conditioning kicks in when the temperature reaches 80°F.
- Football. to begin play or begin play again by a kickoff: The Giants won the toss and elected to kick off.
- Slang. to die.
- to initiate (an undertaking, meeting, etc.); begin: A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
- to oust or eject: They have been kicked out of the country club.
- to fail; give out: The power kicked out and the room went black.
- to separate off, as for review or inspection: The computer kicked out the information in a split second.
- Surfing. to turn a surfboard by shifting the weight to the rear, causing the surfboard to come down over the top of a wave, in order to stop a ride.
- to drive or force upward by kicking.
- to stir up (trouble); make or cause (a disturbance, scene, etc.): They kicked up a tremendous row.
- (especially of a machine part) to move rapidly upward: The lever kicks up, engaging the gear.
- kip5 (def. 2).
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Idioms for kick
- to act harshly or use force in order to gain a desired result.
- to defeat soundly.
- someone or something that is very exciting, enjoyable, amusing, etc.: I think you'll like her, she's a real kick in the pants.
- kick (def. 36).
Origin of kick
OTHER WORDS FROM kickkick·a·ble, adjectivekickless, adjectiveoutkick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)
Words nearby kick
Example sentences from the Web for kick
This video covers route finding, uphill-skinning tips, and kick turns.
Nike says the new kicks are geared towards everyday wear, from going to the grocery store or on a casual walk with friends.Nike’s lace-free sneakers offer a perfect fit you simply step into|Claire Maldarelli|February 2, 2021|Popular Science
On average, according to a mathematical analysis, the fast start lasted 827 meters, and the finishing kick started with 410 meters left.
I don’t know who gets the bigger kick out of it, the players or the Presidents.93-Year-Old Announcer Charlie Brotman Just Served in His 16th Inauguration. Here's Why He's Still Honored to Do the Job|Melissa August|January 20, 2021|Time
An oddity of Saban’s run at Alabama is that the Tide led the FBS in missed kicks from 2007 to 2019.What To Watch For In The College Football National Championship|Richard Johnson|January 11, 2021|FiveThirtyEight
When fathers hold and play with their children, oxytocin and prolactin kick in, priming them for bonding.
Eventually, Weirich had to kick out her jacuzzi and plants from her sunroom, where she now holds court.
Ramone, who turned to religion while trying to kick drugs, would probably approve (and laugh a little, too).
Keith Green finds Ramone at the Chelsea, trying to kick heroin for good.
It not only had a kick-ass part, it was the first Israeli movie featuring a transgender character in a leading role.
The latter trod on the toes of the former, whereupon the former threatened to "kick out of the cabin" the latter.
And with that the host gave him such a kick as sent him howling into the street, amidst the roars of the company.
I knowed, a-course, that I could go kick up a fuss when Simpson stopped by his office on his trip back from Goldstone.Alec Lloyd, Cowpuncher|Eleanor Gates
Next morning the hero of Wagram, lame from the effect of a kick from his horse, was summoned before the Emperor.Napoleon's Marshals|R. P. Dunn-Pattison
And I should kick the bottom out of dis crate just because you don't like the looks of somebody behind us!
British Dictionary definitions for kick
- to make (a conversion or a drop goal) by means of a kick
- to score (a goal) by means of a kicked conversion
- rugby soccer to kick the ball out of the playing area and into touchSee touch (def. 15)
- informal to take some temporizing action so that a problem is shelved or a decision postponed
- a reprimand or scolding designed to produce greater effort, enthusiasm, etc, in the person receiving it
- a setback or disappointment
Derived forms of kickkickable, adjective
Word Origin for kick
Idioms and Phrases with kick
In addition to the idioms beginning with kick
- kick a habit
- kick around
- kick ass
- kick back
- kick in
- kick in the pants, a
- kick it
- kick off
- kick oneself
- kick out
- kick over the traces
- kick the bucket
- kick the habit
- kick up
- kick up a fuss
- kick up one's heels
- kick upstairs
- alive and kicking
- for fun (kicks)
- get a bang (kick) out of