Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. One that kicks: a soccer player who was an excellent kicker.
  • n. Informal A sudden, surprising turn of events or ending; a twist.
  • n. Informal A tricky or concealed condition; a pitfall: "The kicker is that the relationship of guide and seeker gets all mixed up with a confusing male-female attachment” ( Gail Sheehy).
  • n. A condition that imposes an automatic increase, as in a pension plan.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. One who kicks.
  • n. One who takes kicks.
  • n. The kicking strap.
  • n. An outboard motor.
  • n. An unexpected situation or detail.
  • n. An enticement for investors, e.g. warranty added to the investment contract.
  • n. An unpaired card which is part of a pair, two pair, or three of a kind poker hand.
  • n. A particular type of resident of Texas who is associated with country/western attire, attitudes, and/or philosophy.
  • n. The last paragraph or two of a story.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One who, or that which, kicks.
  • n. A fact, condition, or circumstance, sometimes concealed or not obvious, which reduces or eliminates the benefit of an apparently advantageous situation; a joker{5}.
  • n. An unforeseen added expense or additional cost.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One who or that which kicks.
  • n. One who offers strong, and especially unexpected or perverse, opposition; one who objects or opposes; a bolter.
  • n. Nautical, the propeller of a small launch.
  • n. In cricket, a ball which kicks or bumps, that is, which rises higher than usual after pitching.
  • n. In poker, a card held up with a pair, usually an ace or king.
  • n. The reversing gear of some direct-acting steam and hydraulic pumps.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a player who kicks the football

Etymologies

to kick + -er (Wiktionary)

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  • Also, a brand of amplifiers.

    November 13, 2009

  • Also, the final line in a news story. Often a quote, and ideally something that wraps up the story nicely and has a bit of unexpected punch.

    November 13, 2009

  • Also, a line of text above a headline intended to generate interest in the ensuing story.

    November 13, 2009