Origin of kick

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

Related forms

kick·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 back


/ (kɪk) /



Derived Forms

kickable, adjective

Word Origin for kick

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

kick back


Recoil unexpectedly and violently, as in This rifle kicks back a lot when you fire it. [Early 1800s]


Return stolen property to the owner, as in The pawnbroker kicked back the paintings to the gallery. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]


Pay back a part of one's earnings, as in The workers were forced to kick back half their pay to the agent. [Colloquial; first half of 1900s]

Idioms and Phrases with kick back (2 of 2)


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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