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.

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

Related Words for place-kick

kick, boot

Examples from the Web for place-kick

Historical Examples of place-kick

  • What was the good of getting up the football fifteen when our only “place-kick” was gone?


    Talbot Baines Reed

  • A place-kick was attempted, but was blocked, and time was soon called.

    An Annapolis First Classman

    Lt.Com Edward L. Beach

  • Kick-off is a place-kick from the centre of the field of play.

  • A place-kick is made by kicking the ball after it has been placed on the ground.

  • It was third down, and over on the side-line Roy measured the distance from cross-bar to back-field and watched for a place-kick.

    The Crimson Sweater

    Ralph Henry Barbour

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