English [ edit ]
Etymology [ edit ]
Middle English , from likken Old English , from liccian Proto-Germanic (compare *likkōną Saterland Frisian , likje Dutch , likken German ), from lecken Proto-Indo-European (compare *leyǵʰ- Old Irish , ligid Latin ( lingō “ lick ”), ( ligguriō “ to lap, lick up ”), Lithuanian , laižyti Old Church Slavonic ( лизати lizati), Ancient Greek ( λείχω leíkhō), Old Armenian ( լիզեմ lizem), Persian ( لیسیدن lisidan), Sanskrit ( लेढि léḍhi), ( रेढि réḍhi)).
Pronunciation [ edit ]
Yellow River in rural Indiana, USA - example of a lick.
lick ( plural ) licks
The act of
licking; a stroke of the tongue.
The cat gave its fur a lick. The
amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
Give me a lick of ice cream. A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue.
a lick of paint; to put on colours with a lick of the brush
lick of court white wash A
place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
The birds gathered at the clay lick. A small
watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream.
We used to play in the lick.
( colloquial ) A stroke or blow.
Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.
( colloquial ) A bit.
You don't have a lick of sense.
I didn't do a lick of work today.
( music ) A short motif.
There are some really good blues licks in this solo.
speed. In this sense it is always qualified by good, or fair or a similar adjective.
The bus was travelling at a good lick when it swerved and left the road.
Synonyms [ edit ]
Translations [ edit ]
amount obtainable with a single lick
place where animals lick minerals from the ground
small watercourse or ephemeral stream
colloquial: a stroke or blow
lick ( third-person singular simple present , licks present participle , licking simple past and past participle ) licked
stroke with the tongue.
The cat licked its fur.
( colloquial ) To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
My dad can lick your dad.
( colloquial ) To overcome.
I think I can lick this.
( vulgar , slang ) To perform cunnilingus.
( colloquial ) To do anything partially.
( of flame, waves etc. ) To lap
1895, H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter XI
Now, in this decadent age the art of fire-making had been altogether forgotten on the earth. The red tongues that went
licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena. To lap; to take in with the tongue.
A cat licks milk.
(Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
Translations [ edit ]
colloquial: to defeat decisively
vulgar slang: to perform cunnilingus
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