Origin of kicker

First recorded in 1565–75; kick + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Contemporary Examples of kicker

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



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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for kicker

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper