What does LICK mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. salt lick, lick(noun)

    a salt deposit that animals regularly lick

  2. lick, lap(noun)

    touching with the tongue

    "the dog's laps were warm and wet"

  3. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slug(verb)

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  4. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lick(verb)

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    "We licked the other team on Sunday!"

  5. lick, lap(verb)

    pass the tongue over

    "the dog licked her hand"

  6. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, work(verb)

    find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of

    "did you solve the problem?"; "Work out your problems with the boss"; "this unpleasant situation isn't going to work itself out"; "did you get it?"; "Did you get my meaning?"; "He could not work the math problem"

  7. lap, lap up, lick(verb)

    take up with the tongue

    "The cat lapped up the milk"; "the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast"


  1. lick(Noun)

    The act of licking.

    The cat gave its fur a lick.

  2. lick(Noun)

    The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.

    Give me a lick of ice cream.

  3. lick(Noun)

    A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.

    The birds gathered at the clay lick.

  4. lick(Noun)

    A small watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream.

    We used to play in the lick.

  5. lick(Noun)

    A stroke or blow.

    Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.

  6. lick(Noun)

    A bit.

  7. lick(Noun)

    A short motif.

    There are some really good blues licks in this solo.

  8. lick(Noun)

    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.

  9. lick(Verb)

    To stroke with the tongue.

    The cat licked its fur.

  10. lick(Verb)

    To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.

    My dad can lick your dad.

  11. lick(Verb)

    To overcome.

    I think I can lick this.

  12. lick(Verb)

    To perform cunnilingus.

  13. lick(Verb)

    To do anything partially.

  14. lick(Verb)

    To lap

  15. Origin: liccian, from likkōnan (compare East Frisian likje, Dutch likken, German lecken), from leiǵʰ- (compare Old Irish ligid, Latin lingo, liggurio, Lithuanian liẽžti, Old Church Slavonic лизати, Ancient Greek λείχω, Old Armenian լիզեմ, Persian لیسیدن, Sanskrit लेढि, रेढि).

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lick(verb)

    to draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand

  2. Lick(verb)

    to lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk

  3. Lick

    a stroke of the tongue in licking

  4. Lick

    a quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush. Also, a small quantity of any substance so applied

  5. Lick

    a place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but not always, near salt springs

  6. Lick(verb)

    to strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter

  7. Lick(noun)

    a slap; a quick stroke

  8. Origin: [See Lick, v.]


  1. Lick

    In popular music genres such as rock or jazz music, a lick is "a stock pattern or phrase" consisting of a short series of notes that is used in solos and melodic lines and accompaniment. Licks in rock and roll are often used through a formula, and variations technique in which variants of simple, stock ideas are blended and developed during the solo. In a jazz band, a lick may be performed during an improvised solo, either during an accompanied solo chorus or during an unaccompanied solo break. Jazz licks are usually original short phrases which can be altered so that they can be used over a song's changing harmonic progressions.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Lick

    lik, v.t. to pass the tongue over: to take in by the tongue: to lap: to beat by repeated blows: (coll.) to triumph over, overcome.—n. a passing the tongue over: a slight smear: (Scot.) a tiny amount: a blow: (coll.) an attempt, trial: (pl., Scot.) a thrashing.—ns. Lick′er; Lick′ing, a thrashing; Lick′penny (Scot.), a miserly person; Lick′-plat′ter, Lick′-trench′er, Lick′spittle, a mean, servile dependent.—Lick into shape, to give form and method to—from the notion that the she-bear gives form to her shapeless young by licking them; Lick the dust, to be slain: to be abjectly servile. [A.S. liccian; Ger. lecken, L. lingĕre, Gr. leichein.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. lick

    In common parlance is a blow. To do anything partially, is to give it a lick and a promise, as in painting or blacking.--To lick, to surpass a rival, or excel him in anything.--Lick of the tar-brush, a seaman.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of LICK in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of LICK in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

Examples of LICK in a Sentence

  1. American Proverb:

    If you can't lick 'em, join 'em.

  2. Brad Atkins:

    I even lick the envelope and stick on the stamp for them.

  3. Wernher von Braun:

    We can lick gravity, but sometimes the paperwork is overwhelming.

  4. Charles M. Schulz, as "Charlie Brown", Peanuts, cartoon strip:

    Life is like an ice-cream cone, you have to lick it one day at a time.

  5. Steve Jobs:

    We made the buttons on the screen look so good you'll want to lick them.

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