or place·kick


verb (used with object)

to make (a field goal or point after touchdown) by a place kick.
to kick (the ball) as held for a place kick.

verb (used without object)

to make a place kick.

Nearby words

  1. place of safety order,
  2. place pigalle,
  3. place setting,
  4. place value,
  5. place-holder,
  6. place-mat,
  7. place-setting,
  8. place-value,
  9. placebo,
  10. placebo effect

Origin of place-kick

First recorded in 1855–60; v. use of place kick

Related formsplace-kick·er, place·kick·er, noun

place kick

noun Football.

a kick in which the ball is held nearly upright on the ground either by means of a tee or by a teammate, as in a kickoff, an attempt at a field goal, etc.Compare drop kick, punt1(def 1).

Origin of place kick

First recorded in 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for place-kick

place kick


a kick in which the ball is placed in position before it is kicked

verb place-kick

to kick (a ball) using a place kick
Compare drop kick, punt 2

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Word Origin and History for place-kick



1845, originally in rugby, from place + kick (n.). Related: Place-kicking.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper