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- n. A type of small sled consisting of a handlebar mounted on a pair of flexible metal runners. The driver stands on the runners and kicks the sled forward with one foot. In front of the handlebar there's often a seat for a passenger.
Although the kicksled originates from Norway, the English term is a calque of the Finnish potkukelkka ("kick + sled"), possibly because the device appears to be first introduced to larger American audience in the form kick-sled in the Feb. 26th 1940 issue of the Life magazine in a story of the Finnish Winter War. (Wiktionary)