- 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.
- a small, low-powered outboard motor.
- an auxiliary engine on a sailing vessel, river steamer, etc.
Origin of kicker
Examples from the Web for kickers
The kickers will put it up to him, as they have put it up to every new man who has come out here.The Taming of Red Butte Western|Francis Lynde
The office-door stood wide open and the kickers were welcomed, as you might say, with open arms.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
It is always good to look hard at a general, and the Kickers were transfixed with interest.Last Words|Stephen Crane
On Friday there was a half-hour of signal work and some practice later for the kickers.Center Rush Rowland|Ralph Henry Barbour
This convention, let me tell you, will name my ticket, and the kickers will be kicked out of the party.The Lash|Olin L. Lyman
1570s, agent noun from kick (v.).