What does kick mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term kick:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. kick, boot, kicking(noun)

    the act of delivering a blow with the foot

    "he gave the ball a powerful kick"; "the team's kicking was excellent"

  2. bang, boot, charge, rush, flush, thrill, kick(noun)

    the swift release of a store of affective force

    "they got a great bang out of it"; "what a boot!"; "he got a quick rush from injecting heroin"; "he does it for kicks"

  3. recoil, kick(noun)

    the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired

  4. gripe, kick, beef, bitch, squawk(noun)

    informal terms for objecting

    "I have a gripe about the service here"

  5. kick(noun)

    the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)

    "a sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick"

  6. kick, kicking(verb)

    a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

    "the kick must be synchronized with the arm movements"; "the swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him"

  7. kick(verb)

    drive or propel with the foot

  8. kick(verb)

    thrash about or strike out with the feet

  9. kick(verb)

    strike with the foot

    "The boy kicked the dog"; "Kick the door down"

  10. kick(verb)

    kick a leg up

  11. kick back, recoil, kick(verb)

    spring back, as from a forceful thrust

    "The gun kicked back into my shoulder"

  12. kick, give up(verb)

    stop consuming

    "kick a habit"; "give up alcohol"

  13. kick(verb)

    make a goal

    "He kicked the extra point after touchdown"

  14. complain, kick, plain, sound off, quetch, kvetch(verb)

    express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

    "My mother complains all day"; "She has a lot to kick about"


  1. Kick(v. t.)

    To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off; as, they kicked him off the staff; he was kicked out of the restaurant; the landlord kicked them out of the apartment for making too much noise.

  2. Kick(v. t.)

    (Sport) To score (goals or points) by kicking; as, they kicked three field goals in the game.

  3. Kick(v. t.)

    To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities; as, to kick a habit; he kicked his drug habit.

  4. Kick(v. i.)

    (Football) To make a kick as an offensive play.

  5. Kick(v. i.)

    To complain strenuously; to object vigorously.

  6. Kick(v. i.)

    To resist.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Kick(verb)

    to strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot; as, a horse kicks a groom; a man kicks a dog

  2. Kick(verb)

    to thrust out the foot or feet with violence; to strike out with the foot or feet, as in defense or in bad temper; esp., to strike backward, as a horse does, or to have a habit of doing so. Hence, figuratively: To show ugly resistance, opposition, or hostility; to spurn

  3. Kick(verb)

    to recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc

  4. Kick(noun)

    a blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot

  5. Kick(noun)

    the projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket knife, which prevents the edge of the blade from striking the spring. See Illust. of Pocketknife

  6. Kick(noun)

    a projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick

  7. Kick(noun)

    the recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged

  8. Origin: [W. cicio, fr. cic foot.]


  1. Kick

    In combat sports and hand-to-hand combat, a kick is a physical strike using the foot, leg, or knee. This type of attack is used frequently, especially in stand-up fighting. Kicks play a significant role in many forms of martial arts, such as Taekwondo, Karate, Pankration, Kung fu, Vovinam, Kickboxing, Muay Thai, Capoeira, Silat, and Kalarippayattu. Kicks are also used for kicking objects such as balls, books etc. If a human uses a kick in sport, it would most likely be used for kicking an object into a goal such as kicking a soccer ball into a goal and so on.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Kick

    kik, v.t. to hit with the foot.—v.i. to thrust out the foot with violence: to show opposition or resistance: (of a gun) to recoil violently (see also Bullet): (print.) to work a press by impact of the foot on a treadle.—n. a blow with the foot: the turn of kicking the ball at football, the person who kicks or kicks off: the recoil of a gun: (slang) fashion.—adj. Kick′able.—ns. Kick′er, one who kicks, esp. a horse; Kick′-off, the first kick in a game of football; Kick′-up, a disturbance.—Kick over the traces, to throw off control; Kick, or Strike, the beam, to rise, as the lighter scale of a balance, so as to strike against the beam—hence to be of little weight or importance; Kick the bucket (see Bucket); Kick up a dust or row, to create a disturbance.—Drop kick, a kick made as the ball, dropped from the hand, rebounds from the ground; Place kick, a kick made when the ball is lying on the ground. [M. E. kiken—W. cicio, to kick, Gael. ceig.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. kick

    1. [IRC] To cause somebody to be removed from a IRC channel, an option only available to channel ops. This is an extreme measure, often used to combat extreme flamage or flooding, but sometimes used at the CHOP's whim. 2. To reboot a machine or kill a running process. “The server's down, let me go kick it.”

Editors Contribution

  1. kick

    To direct and use the foot to move a ball in a specific manner or direction.

    He chose to kick the ball to the forward and he was the player that scored the goal.

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British National Corpus

  1. Written Corpus Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Written Corpus Frequency: #3029

  2. Nouns Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Nouns Frequency: #2094

  3. Verbs Frequency

    Rank popularity for the word 'kick' in Verbs Frequency: #507

How to say kick in sign language?

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick in Chaldean Numerology is: 8

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of kick in Pythagorean Numerology is: 7

Examples of kick in a Sentence

  1. Volodymyr Knyr:

    Any kick makes you quick.

  2. Brad Ward:

    Be careful. It has a bit of a kick.

  3. Somchai Na Bangchang:

    We did not push back the boat or kick them out.

  4. Mark McGoldrick:

    It’s got kick, but it also has a lot of flavor.

  5. Barry Blackwell:

    Cocaine was a lot easier to kick than cigarettes.

Images & Illustrations of kick

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