What does lick mean?

Definitions for lick

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word lick.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. salt lick, licknoun

    a salt deposit that animals regularly lick

  2. lick, lapnoun

    touching with the tongue

    "the dog's laps were warm and wet"

  3. punch, clout, poke, lick, biff, slugverb

    (boxing) a blow with the fist

    "I gave him a clout on his nose"

  4. cream, bat, clobber, drub, thrash, lickverb

    beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight

    "We licked the other team on Sunday!"

  5. lick, lapverb

    pass the tongue over

    "the dog licked her hand"

  6. solve, work out, figure out, puzzle out, lick, workverb

    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, lickverb

    take up with the tongue

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


  1. licknoun

    The act of licking.

    The cat gave its fur a lick.

  2. licknoun

    The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.

    Give me a lick of ice cream.

  3. licknoun

    A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.

    The birds gathered at the clay lick.

  4. licknoun

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

    We used to play in the lick.

  5. licknoun

    A stroke or blow.

    Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.

  6. licknoun

    A bit.

  7. licknoun

    A short motif.

    There are some really good blues licks in this solo.

  8. licknoun

    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. lickverb

    To stroke with the tongue.

    The cat licked its fur.

  10. lickverb

    To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.

    My dad can lick your dad.

  11. lickverb

    To overcome.

    I think I can lick this.

  12. lickverb

    To perform cunnilingus.

  13. lickverb

    To do anything partially.

  14. lickverb

    To lap

  15. Etymology: 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).

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Licknoun

    A blow; rough usage: a low word.

    Etymology: from the verb.

    He turned upon me as round as a chafed boar, and gave me a lick across the face. Dryden.

  2. To Lickverb

    Etymology: licean , Saxon; lecken, Dutch.

    Æsculapius went about with a dog and a she-goat, both which he used much in his cures; the first for licking all ulcered wounds, and the goat’s milk for the diseases of the stomach and lungs. William Temple.

    A bear’s a savage beast;
    Whelp’d without form, until the dam
    Has lick’d it into shape and frame. Hudibras, p. i.

    He with his tepid rays the rose renews,
    And licks the drooping leaves, and dries the dews. Dryden.

    I have seen an antiquary lick an old coin, among other trials, to distinguish the age of it by its taste. Addison.

    At once pluck out
    The multitudinous tongue; let them not lick
    The sweet which is their poison. William Shakespeare, Coriolanus.

    Now shall this company lick up all that are round about us, as the ox licketh up the grass. Numb. xxii. 4.

    When luxury has lick’d up all thy pelf,
    Curs’d by thy neighbours, thy trustees, thyself:
    Think how posterity will treat thy name. Alexander Pope, Horace.


  1. Lick

    Lick is a song by American funk/soul singer Joi, It was written by Joi Gilliam, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, Brandon Bennett, Raymon Ameer Murrey and produced by Joi for her third studio album Star Kitty's Revenge and later appeared in the film xXx and its soundtrack. Becoming an instant cult favorite courtesy of the film, this remains Gilliam's most successful single to date. A music video was never shot due to Gilliam parting ways with the music label and joining then fellow Lucy Pearl band mate Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label at the time of its success. The song would later be sampled in rapper Gucci Mane's 2007 hit single "Freaky Gurl".


  1. lick

    A lick is a short musical phrase or figure that can be repeated or combined to create melodies or solos in a piece of music. It is often a distinctive, memorable, and instantly recognizable part of a song or musical composition.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Lickverb

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

  2. Lickverb

    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. Lickverb

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

  7. Licknoun

    a slap; a quick stroke

  8. Etymology: [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. lick

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  2. LICK

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Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. LICK

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Lick is ranked #24629 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Lick surname appeared 1,014 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Lick.

    96.2% or 976 total occurrences were White.
    1.3% or 14 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.9% or 10 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.9% or 10 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.

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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. Hannah Salomons:

    With the dog puppies we worked with, if you walk into their enclosure, they gather around and want to climb on you and lick your face, whereas most of the wolf puppies run to the corner and hide.

  2. William Tecumseh Sherman:

    Well, Ulysses Grant, we've had the devil's own day, haven't we ? yes, lick'em tomorrow, though.

  3. Tamika Harper:

    I'm angry, very, very angry, he has not shown a lick of remorse.

  4. Samuel Adams:

    If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude greater than the animating contest for freedom, go home from us in peace. We seek not your counsel nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you and may posterity forget that ye were once our countrymen.

  5. Clare Boothe Luce:

    In politics women type the letters, lick the stamps, distribute the pamphlets and get out the vote. Men get elected.

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