verb (used with object)
- to hit or beat, especially as a punishment; thrash; whip.
- to overcome or defeat, as in a fight, game, or contest.
- to outdo or surpass.
verb (used without object)
- a blow.
- a brief, brisk burst of activity or energy.
- a quick pace or clip; speed.
- a small amount: I haven't done a lick of work all week.
Origin of lick
Related formslick·er, noun
Examples from the Web for licker
No, he didn't feel the triumphant wisdom of the licker traffic.Samantha at the World's Fair|Marietta Holley
I'm not sayin' the world wouldn't be better off if there wasn't any licker to drink.West Wind Drift|George Barr McCutcheon
There'll be licker down there, an' it'll sure be quickfire licker at that.Rimrock Trail|J. Allan Dunn
You don't mean to say that you have had that licker for several days?Up Terrapin River|Opie P. Read
It's a good idee to occasionally instruct the stummick that it mustn't depend excloosively on licker for its sustainance.The Complete Works of Artemus Ward|Charles Farrar Browne (AKA Artemus Ward)
British Dictionary definitions for licker
- to defeat or vanquish
- to flog or thrash
- to be or do much better than