[ kik-er ]
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  1. a person or thing that kicks.

  2. Informal.

    • a disadvantageous point or circumstance, usually concealed or unnoticed: The tickets are free, but the kicker is that you have to wait in line for hours to get them.

    • a surprising change or turn of events: The kicker was that their friends knew it before they did.

  1. something extra, as an additional cost or gain; an added expense or financial incentive.

  2. Draw Poker. a card, usually an ace or face card, held with a pair or three of a kind in the hope of drawing a matching card.

  3. (in concrete construction) a low plinth at the base of a column.

  4. kickers, Slang. shoes, especially leisure shoes.

  5. Nautical.

    • a small, low-powered outboard motor.

    • an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.

  6. Slang. the alcoholic liquor in a mixed drink.

  7. Also called eyebrow, highline, overline, teaser. Printing, Journalism. a short line of copy set in a distinctive type above a headline and intended to call attention to it.

  8. Metallurgy. a charge of high-carbon iron that produces a vigorous boil when charged into an open-hearth furnace containing slag and molten metal of lower carbon content.

  9. Also called kicker light .Photography. a light source coming from the back and side of a subject and producing a highlight.

Origin of kicker

First recorded in 1565–75; kick + -er1

Words Nearby kicker Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

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British Dictionary definitions for kicker


/ (ˈkɪkə) /

  1. a person or thing that kicks

  2. sport a player in a rugby or occasionally a soccer team whose task is to attempt to kick conversions, penalty goals, etc

  1. US and Canadian slang a hidden and disadvantageous factor, such as a clause in a contract

  2. informal any light outboard motor for propelling a boat

  3. poker the highest unpaired card in a hand, used to decide the outcome of an otherwise tied round

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