kicker

[kik-er]

noun


Origin of kicker

First recorded in 1565–75; kick + -er1
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Historical Examples of kicker

  • But here's the kicker: even though no one else can get in, you can't get out!

    Suite Mentale

    Gordon Randall Garrett

  • "No, I'll go out after that kicker," he said, ashamed of his slovenly work.

    Blue-Bird Weather

    Robert W. Chambers

  • It was a kicker, like the ostrich; in fight it did not use its beak, but its foot.

    Following the Equator, Complete

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)

  • Was the Marigold a real yacht, or just a row-boat with a kicker behind?

  • He hated the one twin for kicking him, and the other one for being the kicker's brother.

    The Tragedy of Pudd'nhead Wilson

    Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)


British Dictionary definitions for kicker

kicker

noun

a person or thing that kicks
sport a player in a rugby or occasionally a soccer team whose task is to attempt to kick conversions, penalty goals, etc
US and Canadian slang a hidden and disadvantageous factor, such as a clause in a contract
informal any light outboard motor for propelling a boat
poker the highest unpaired card in a hand, used to decide the outcome of an otherwise tied round
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Word Origin and History for kicker
n.

1570s, agent noun from kick (v.).

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