kick-ass

or kick·ass

[ kik-as ]
/ ˈkɪkˌæs /

adjective Slang.

strikingly or overwhelmingly tough, aggressive, powerful, or effective: He finally built himself a kick-ass computer.

Origin of kick-ass

Definition for kick ass (2 of 2)

Origin of kick

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

SYNONYMS FOR kick

Related forms

kick·a·ble, adjectivekick·less, adjectiveout·kick, verb (used with object)o·ver·kick, verb (used with object)
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British Dictionary definitions for kick ass (1 of 2)

kick ass

/ slang /

verb (intr)

to be impressive, esp in a forceful waypop music that kicks ass

adjective kick-ass

forceful, aggressive, and impressive

British Dictionary definitions for kick ass (2 of 2)

kick

/ (kɪk) /

verb

noun

Derived Forms

kickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

C14 kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin
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Idioms and Phrases with kick ass (1 of 2)

kick ass


Also, kick butt. Punish or discipline harshly; also, defeat soundly. For example, That foreman's furious; he's going to kick ass before the day is over, or Our team is out to kick butt today. [Vulgar slang; 1940s]

Idioms and Phrases with kick ass (2 of 2)

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

also see:

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