Nearby words

  1. kibitka,
  2. kibitz,
  3. kibitzer,
  4. kiblah,
  5. kibosh,
  6. kick a habit,
  7. kick about,
  8. kick around,
  9. kick ass,
  10. kick back


Origin of kick

1350–1400; Middle English kiken (v.); origin uncertain

Related formskick·a·ble, adjectivekick·less, adjectiveout·kick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object) Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kick about

kick about

kick around

verb (mainly adverb) informal

(tr) to treat harshly
(tr) to discuss (ideas, etc) informally
(intr) to wander aimlessly
(intr) to lie neglected or forgotten
(intr; also preposition) to be present in (some place)

noun kickabout, kickaround

an informal game of soccer


/ (kɪk) /



Derived Formskickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin

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Word Origin and History for kick about
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Idioms and Phrases with kick about


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

also see:

  • alive and kicking
  • for fun (kicks)
  • get a bang (kick) out of
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