kick starter



a starter, as of a motorcycle, that operates by a downward kick on a pedal.

Origin of kick starter

First recorded in 1915–20
Also called kick start.


or kick·start


verb (used with object)

to start by means of a kick starter: to kick-start a motorcycle.

Origin of kick-start

First recorded in 1910–15 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb (tr)

to start (a motorcycle engine) by means of a pedal that is kicked downwards
informal to make (something) active, functional, or productive again


an action or event resulting in the reactivation of something
Derived Formskick-starter, noun
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