From Middle English kyken (“to strike out with the foot”), from Old Norse kikna (“to sink at the knees”) and keikja (“to bend backwards”) (compare Old Norse keikr (“bent backwards, the belly jutting forward”)), from Proto-Germanic *kaikaz (“bent backwards”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kī-, *kij- (“to split, dodge, swerve sidewards”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeyH- (“to sprout, shoot”). Compare also Dutch kijken (“to look”), Middle Low German kīken (“to look, watch”). See keek.
- (transitive) To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg.
- Did you kick your brother?
- 1895, George MacDonald, Lilith, Chapter XII: Friends and Foes,
- I was cuffed by the women and kicked by the men because I would not swallow it.
- 1919, Sherwood Anderson, “The Teacher: concerning Kate Swift”, in Winesburg, Ohio:
- Will Henderson, who had on a light overcoat and no overshoes, kicked the heel of his left foot with the toe of the right.
- 2020 September 9, Jason Chamberlain, “The growing likelihood of a 'different type of railway'”, in Rail, page 45:
- Or to put it in the more colourful language of our Prime Minister: "The secret to improving rail transport, in my view, is you need to find the right arse to kick." Unfortunately, since the abolition of the Strategic Rail Authority (SRA) in 2005, the DfT has ostensibly been in direct control of railway policy setting, and this has meant that the only arse the government has been able to kick is its own.
- (intransitive) To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.
- He enjoyed the simple pleasure of watching the kickline kick.
- (transitive) To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
- Kick the ball into the goal.
- (with "off" or "out") To eject summarily.
- 1936 October, Robert E. Howard, “The Conquerin' Hero of the Humbolts”, in Action Stories:
- "He's been mad at me ever since I fired him off'n my payroll. After I kicked him off'n my ranch he run for sheriff, and the night of the election everybody was so drunk they voted for him by mistake, or for a joke, or somethin', and since he's been in office he's been lettin' the sheepmen steal me right out of house and home."
- (intransitive, Internet) To forcibly remove a participant from an online activity.
- He was kicked from the IRC server for flooding.
- (transitive, slang) To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free oneself of (a problem).
- I still smoke, but they keep telling me to kick the habit.
- To move or push suddenly and violently.
- He was kicked sideways by the force of the blast.
- 2011, Tom Andry, Bob Moore: No Hero:
- The back of the car kicked out violently, forcing me to steer into the slide and accelerate in order to maintain control.
- (of a firearm) To recoil; to push by recoiling.
- 2003, Jennifer C. D. Groomes, The Falcon Project, page 174:
- Lying on the ground, when fired, it kicked me back a foot. There was no way a person my size was going to be able to do an effective job with this gun.
- 2006, Daniel D. Scherschel, Maple Grove, page 81:
- I asked my sister Jeanette if she wanted to shoot the 12 ga. shotgun. She replied, "does it kick"?
- (chess, transitive) To attack (a piece) in order to force it to move.
- (intransitive, cycling) To accelerate quickly with a few pedal strokes in an effort to break away from other riders.
- Contador kicks again to try to rid himself of Rasmussen.
- (intransitive) To show opposition or resistance.
- (printing, historical) To work a press by impact of the foot on a treadle.
- (computing, transitive) To reset (a watchdog timer).
- 1999, Michael Barr, Programming Embedded Systems in C and C++, page 98:
- In the meantime, it is possible for the embedded software to “kick” the watchdog timer, to reset its counter to the original large number.
- 2012, Tarek Sobh, Khaled Elleithy, Emerging Trends in Computing, Informatics, Systems Sciences, and Engineering, page 763:
- From now on the process has to periodically kick the watchdog timer in intervals shorter than the initialization interval.
- (reflexive, informal) To reproach oneself for making a mistake or missing an opportunity.
kick (plural kicks)
- A hit or strike with the leg, foot or knee.
- Synonym: calcation (rare)
- A kick to the knee.
- 1890, Jacob A[ugust] Riis, “A Raid on the Stale-beer Dives”, in How the Other Half Lives: Studies among the Tenements of New York, New York, N.Y.: Charles Scribner’s Sons, →OCLC, page 72:
- A kick of his boot-heel sent the door flying into the room.
- 2011, Phil McNulty, Euro 2012: Montenegro 2-2 England:
- Elsad Zverotic gave Montenegro hope with a goal with the last kick of the first half - and when Rooney was deservedly shown red by referee Wolfgang Stark, England were placed under pressure they could not survive.
- The action of swinging a foot or leg.
- The ballerina did a high kick and a leap.
- (colloquial) Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
- I finally saw the show. What a kick!
- I think I sprained something on my latest exercise kick.
- (Internet) The removal of a person from an online activity.
- (figuratively) Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet.
- The car had a nasty kick the whole way.
- The pool ball took a wild kick, up off the table.
- (uncountable and countable) Piquancy.
- A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
- (soccer) A pass played by kicking with the foot.
- (soccer) The distance traveled by kicking the ball.
- a long kick up the field.
- The recoil of a gun.
- (informal) A pocket.
- 1952, George Mandel, Flee the Angry Strangers, Bobs-Merrill, page 383:
- Her mind couldn’t lose sight of […]the bloodied nickel plated pistol Angie had in his kick.
- 2008, P.G.Wodehouse, The Adventures of Sally (Volume 2 of 2), ReadHowYouWant.com, page 277:
- Swell shows all of ‘em, except this last one. […] Set me back two-seventy-five, including tax, and I wish I’d got it in my kick right now.
- 2008, Loren D. Estleman, Port Hazard:A Page Murdock Novel, Tom Doherty Associates:
- If you keep Nan’s advice you’ll keep it in your kick.
- 2012, Max Brand (Frederick Schiller Faust), Silvertip’s Trap, Adams Media:
- You take that and put it in your kick. I’ve had plenty of cash out of you already.
- An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
- (film, television) Synonym of
- (Britain, historical, dated, colloquial) Sixpence.
- For quotations using this term, see Citations:kick.
- axe kick
- banana kick
- be left kicking
- bicycle kick
- butterfly kick
- crescent kick
- drop kick, dropkick
- flying kick
- for kicks
- free kick
- get a kick out of
- hook kick
- kick about
- kick against the pricks
- kick around
- kick arse
- kick ass, kickass
- kick at the can
- kick at the cat
- kick back, kickback
- kickban (Internet)
- kick butt
- kick in
- kicking and screaming
- kicking at an open door
- kicking boots
- kicking in danger
- kicking kuh
- kicking strap
- kick in the pants
- kick in the teeth
- kick it
- kick like a mule
- kick motor, kickmotor
- kick-off (noun)
- kick off (verb)
- kick one's heels
- kick out
- kick over
- kick over the traces
- kick someone when they are down
- kick start
- kick the bucket
- kick the can, kick-the-can
- kick the can down the road
- kick the habit
- kick to the curb
- kick up
- kick up one's heels
- kick upstairs
- kick up the arse/kick up the ass/kick up the backside/kick up the butt
- kick wheel
- more kicks than ha'pence
- on a kick
- overhead kick
- roundhouse kick
- scissor kick, scissors kick
- showtime kick
- sun kicks
- wheel kick
Shortening of kick the bucket.
- (intransitive) To die.
- 2005, Melissa L. Rossi, What every American should know about who's really running the world, page 211:
- Who knows what will happen to his billions when the eighty-five-year-old kicks, but before he leaves the planet, Moon reportedly is hell-bent on creating a holy land in North Korea, dedicated to him.
Shortening of kick ass
“kick”, in OneLook Dictionary Search.
kick m (plural kicks)
See the etymology of the corresponding lemma form.