- 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.
How to use kicker in a sentence
The office-door stood wide open and the kickers were welcomed, as you might say, with open arms.The Wreckers|Francis Lynde
He and Felton were two of Harvard's greatest punters, and both of them were leftfooted kickers.Seeing Things at Night|Heywood Broun
Of course there were kickers, but those kind of people will be found everywhere.An American Hobo in Europe|Ben Goodkind
There's kickers and biters and shirks amongst them; but if they won't learn and can't learn, they get 'condemned.'The Cup of Trembling and Other Stories|Mary Hallock Foote
This is particularly noticeable in cases where the parts are regularly and repeatedly injured as in habitual kickers.Lameness of the Horse|John Victor Lacroix