a device for supporting a bicycle or motorcycle when not in use, pivoted to the rear axle in such a way that it can be kicked down below the rear wheel.

Nearby words

  1. kicker,
  2. kickoff,
  3. kickshaw,
  4. kicksie-wicksie,
  5. kicksorter,
  6. kickup,
  7. kickwheel,
  8. kicky,
  9. kid,
  10. kid around

Origin of kickstand

First recorded in 1945–50; kick + stand Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for kickstand



a short metal bar attached to and pivoting on the bottom of the frame of a motorcycle or bicycle, which when kicked into a vertical position holds the stationary vehicle upright
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Word Origin and History for kickstand



"metal support for holding a bicycle upright," 1936, from kick (v.) + stand (n.). So called for the method of putting it in position.

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