verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
- thrill; pleasurable excitement: His biggest kick comes from telling about the victory.
- a strong but temporary interest, often an activity: Making mobiles is his latest kick.
- a stimulating or intoxicating quality in alcoholic drink.
- vim, vigor, or energy.
- an instance of kicking the ball.
- any method of kicking the ball: place kick.
- a kicked ball.
- the distance such a ball travels.
- a turn at kicking the ball.
- to treat (someone) harshly or inconsiderately.
- to consider, discuss, or speculate about (a proposal, project, etc.): We kicked around various ideas for raising money.
- to experiment with.
- to pass time idly; wander from place to place aimlessly: We just kicked around for a year after college.
- to remain unused, unemployed, or unnoticed: The script has been kicking around for years.
- to recoil, especially vigorously or unexpectedly.
- Informal.to give someone a kickback.
- Slang.to return (stolen property, money, etc.) to the owner.
- to relax: Let's just kick back and enjoy the weekend.
- to contribute one's share, especially in money.
- Slang.to die.
- to become operational; activate; go into effect: The air conditioning kicks in when the temperature reaches 80°F.
- Football.to begin play or begin play again by a kickoff: The Giants won the toss and elected to kick off.
- Slang.to die.
- to initiate (an undertaking, meeting, etc.); begin: A rally tomorrow night will kick off the campaign.
- to oust or eject: They have been kicked out of the country club.
- to fail; give out: The power kicked out and the room went black.
- to separate off, as for review or inspection: The computer kicked out the information in a split second.
- Surfing.to turn a surfboard by shifting the weight to the rear, causing the surfboard to come down over the top of a wave, in order to stop a ride.
- to drive or force upward by kicking.
- to stir up (trouble); make or cause (a disturbance, scene, etc.): They kicked up a tremendous row.
- (especially of a machine part) to move rapidly upward: The lever kicks up, engaging the gear.
- kip5(def 2).
- to act harshly or use force in order to gain a desired result.
- to defeat soundly.
- someone or something that is very exciting, enjoyable, amusing, etc.: I think you'll like her, she's a real kick in the pants.
- kick(def 36).
Origin of kick
Synonyms for kick
Related Words for kicksfun, snap, blow, punch, jolt, punt, boot, curse, stop, stimulation, hoot, joy, buzz, sensation, refreshment, excitement, bang, gratification, wallop, pleasure
Examples from the Web for kicks
Contemporary Examples of kicks
Hawke, ever the charmer, kicks things off with a compliment: I really like you guys.Coffee Talk with Ethan Hawke: On ‘Boyhood,’ Jennifer Lawrence, and Bill Clinton’s Urinal Exchange
December 27, 2014
In the video, Solange smacks and kicks her brother-in-law while Beyonce DOESN'T EVEN FLINCH.Solange Smacks Jay Z, Legolas Slaps Bieber, and the Biggest Celebrity Feuds of the Year
December 24, 2014
Sometimes you have to fly stunt formations with a plane and another guy in a jetpack to really get your kicks.Daredevil in a Jetpack Flies Alongside A Plane
Jack Holmes, The Daily Beast Video
December 12, 2014
And that original score that kicks in as a new-age Millennium Falcon swoops into view is sure to get you going.Chernobyl Drones, Star Wars and More Viral Videos
The Daily Beast Video
November 30, 2014
“The punches and kicks eventually knocked me unconscious and left me completely unresponsive,” Singh explained.As 30-Year Anniversary of Mass Killings in India Arrives, Sikhs Find Safety in USA
Simran Jeet Singh
October 31, 2014
Historical Examples of kicks
Seems to me she did pretty well here; I don't see any kicks due her.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
Not all my kicks and cuffs and beatings had sufficed one whit to repulse him.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
That day the corridor at Sainte-Anne positively shook with Coupeau's yells and kicks.L'Assommoir
I didn't hear any kicks that his work wasn't done while he was on this bat.
Sometimes he kicks, sometimes he bites, sometimes he rears and smashes things all to pieces.The Rainy Day Railroad War
- to make (a conversion or a drop goal) by means of a kick
- to score (a goal) by means of a kicked conversion
- rugby soccerto kick the ball out of the playing area and into touchSee touch (def. 15)
- informalto take some temporizing action so that a problem is shelved or a decision postponed
- a reprimand or scolding designed to produce greater effort, enthusiasm, etc, in the person receiving it
- a setback or disappointment
Word Origin for kick
late 14c., "to strike out with the foot" (earliest in biblical phrase now usually rendered as kick against the pricks), of uncertain origin, perhaps from Old Norse kikna "bend backwards, sink at the knees." "The doubts OED has about the Scandinavian origin of kick are probably unfounded" [Liberman]. Related: Kicked; kicking.
Figurative sense of "complain, protest, rebel against" (late 14c.) probably is from the Bible verse. Slang sense of "die" is attested from 1725 (kick the wind was slang for "be hanged," 1590s; see also bucket). Meaning "to end one's drug habit" is from 1936. Kick in "contribute" is from 1908; kick out "expel" is from 1690s. To kick oneself in self-reproach is from 1891. The children's game of kick the can is attested from 1891.
1520s, from kick (v.). Meaning "recoil (of a gun) when fired" is from 1826. Meaning "surge or fit of pleasure" (often as kicks) is from 1941; originally literally, "stimulation from liquor or drugs" (1844). The kick "the fashion" is c.1700.
In addition to the idioms beginning with kick
- kick a habit
- kick around
- kick ass
- kick back
- kick in
- kick in the pants, a
- kick it
- kick off
- kick oneself
- kick out
- kick over the traces
- kick the bucket
- kick the habit
- kick up
- kick up a fuss
- kick up one's heels
- kick upstairs
- alive and kicking
- for fun (kicks)
- get a bang (kick) out of