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

  • intransitive v. To strike out with the foot or feet.
  • intransitive v. Sports To score or gain ground by kicking a ball.
  • intransitive v. Sports To punt in football.
  • intransitive v. Sports To propel the body in swimming by moving the legs, as with a flutter kick or frog kick.
  • intransitive v. To recoil: The powerful rifle kicked upon being fired.
  • intransitive v. Informal To express negative feelings vigorously; complain.
  • intransitive v. Informal To oppose by argument; protest.
  • transitive v. To strike with the foot.
  • transitive v. To propel by striking with the foot.
  • transitive v. To spring back against suddenly: The rifle kicked my shoulder when I fired it.
  • transitive v. Sports To score (a goal or point) by kicking a ball.
  • n. A vigorous blow with the foot.
  • n. Sports The motion of the legs that propels the body in swimming.
  • n. A jolting recoil: a rifle with a heavy kick.
  • n. Slang A complaint; a protest.
  • n. Slang Power; force: a car engine with a lot of kick.
  • n. Slang A feeling of pleasurable stimulation: got a kick out of the show.
  • n. Slang Fun: went bowling just for kicks.
  • n. Slang Temporary, often obsessive interest: I'm on a science fiction kick.
  • n. Slang A sudden, striking surprise; a twist.
  • n. Sports The act or an instance of kicking a ball.
  • n. Sports A kicked ball.
  • n. Sports The distance spanned by a kicked ball.
  • kick about To move from place to place.
  • kick around Informal To treat badly; abuse.
  • kick around Informal To move from place to place: "spent the next three years in Italy, kicking around the country on a motor scooter” ( Charles E. Claffey).
  • kick around Informal To give thought or consideration to; ponder or discuss.
  • kick back To recoil unexpectedly and violently.
  • kick back Informal To take it easy; relax: kicked back at home and watched TV.
  • kick back Slang To return (stolen items).
  • kick back Slang To pay a kickback.
  • kick in Informal To contribute (one's share): kicked in a few dollars for the office party.
  • kick in Informal To become operative or take effect: "His pituitary kicked in, and his growth was suddenly vertical” ( Kenneth Browser).
  • kick in Slang To die.
  • kick off Sports To begin or resume play with a kickoff.
  • kick off Informal To begin; start: kicked off the promotional tour with a press conference.
  • kick off Slang To die.
  • kick out Slang To throw out; dismiss.
  • kick over To begin to fire: The engine finally kicked over.
  • kick up Informal To increase in amount or force; intensify: A sandstorm kicked up while we drove through the desert.
  • kick up Informal To stir up (trouble): kicked up a row.
  • kick up Informal To show signs of disorder: His ulcer has kicked up again.
  • idiom ass Vulgar Slang To take forceful or harsh measures to achieve an objective.
  • idiom kick the bucket Slang To die.
  • idiom kick the habit Slang To free oneself of an addiction, as to narcotics or cigarettes.
  • idiom kick up (one's) heels Informal To cast off one's inhibitions and have a good time.
  • idiom kick upstairs Slang To promote to a higher yet less desirable position.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To strike or hit with the foot or other extremity of the leg.
  • v. To make a sharp jerking movement of the leg, as to strike something.
  • v. To direct to a particular place by a blow with the foot or leg.
  • v. To eject summarily.
  • v. To remove a participant from an online activity.
  • v. To overcome (a bothersome or difficult issue or obstacle); to free onself of (a problem).
  • v. To move or push suddenly and violently.
  • v. To recoil; to push by recoiling.
  • n. A hit or strike with the leg or foot or knee.
  • n. The action of swinging a foot or leg.
  • n. Something that tickles the fancy; something fun or amusing.
  • n. The removal of a person from an online activity.
  • n. A button (of a joypad, joystick or similar device) whose only or main current function is that when it is pressed causes a video game character to kick.
  • n. Any bucking motion of an object that lacks legs or feet.
  • n. piquancy
  • n. A stimulation provided by an intoxicating substance.
  • n. A pass played by kicking with the foot.
  • n. The distance traveled by kicking the ball.
  • n. a recoil of a gun.
  • n. pocket
  • n. An increase in speed in the final part of a running race.
  • v. To die.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A blow with the foot or feet; a striking or thrust with the foot.
  • n. 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.
  • n. A projection in a mold, to form a depression in the surface of the brick.
  • n. The recoil of a musket or other firearm, when discharged.
  • n. A surge of pleasure; a thrill; -- usually used in the phrase get a kick out of.
  • intransitive v. 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.
  • intransitive v. To recoil; -- said of a musket, cannon, etc.; also called kick back.
  • intransitive v. To make a kick as an offensive play.
  • intransitive v. To complain strenuously; to object vigorously.
  • intransitive v. To resist.
  • transitive v. To strike, thrust, or hit violently with the foot
  • transitive v. To evict or remove from a place or position, usually with out or off.
  • transitive v. To score (goals or points) by kicking.
  • transitive v. To discontinue; -- usually used of habitual activities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To give a thrust or blow to with the foot; strike with the foot: as, to kick a dog; to kick an obstruction out of one's way.
  • To strike in recoiling: as, an overloaded gun kicks the shoulder.
  • In printing, to operate or effect by impact of the foot on a treadle: used with relation to some kinds of small job-presses: as, to kick a Gordon press; to kick off a thousand impressions.
  • To sting, as a wasp. [Prov. Eng.]—
  • To reject, as a suitor; jilt. [Vulgar, southern U. S.]
  • To strike out with the foot; have the habit of striking with the foot: as, a horse that kicks.
  • To thrust out the foot with violence, as in wantonness, resistance, anger, or contempt.
  • Hence To manifest opposition or strong objection; offer resistance.
  • To recoil, as a musket or other firearm.—
  • To stammer.
  • In cricket, to cause (the ball) after pitching to rise higher than usual: said of the bowler, and also of the ground or the wicket.
  • In cricket, to rise after being bowled higher than usual from the pitch; bump: said of the ball.
  • n. A blow or thrust with the foot.
  • n. In foot-ball: The right of or a turn at kicking the ball, One who kicks or kicks off.
  • n. The recoil of a firearm when discharged.
  • n. A sudden and strong objection; unexpected resistance.
  • n. The projection on the tang of the blade of a pocket-knife by which the blade is prevented from striking the spring in the act of closing.
  • n. A cleat or block on the stock-board of a brick-molders' bench, which serves to make a key in the brick.
  • n. A die for bricks.
  • n. Fashion; novelty; thing in vogue.
  • n. The indentation or inner protuberance of a molded glass bottle.
  • n. plural Trousers. [Slang, Eng.]
  • n. In archery, the unsteady motion of an arrow at the beginning of its flight caused by the faulty drawing or loosing of the bow.
  • n. In electricity, a high-voltage current or discharge of short duration appearing in inductive electric circuits when the conditions of the circuit are changed, especially when it is opened.

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

  • v. express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness
  • v. kick a leg up
  • v. spring back, as from a forceful thrust
  • v. stop consuming
  • v. drive or propel with the foot
  • n. the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)
  • n. informal terms for objecting
  • v. strike with the foot
  • n. the swift release of a store of affective force
  • v. thrash about or strike out with the feet
  • n. the act of delivering a blow with the foot
  • n. a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics
  • n. the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired
  • v. make a goal


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

Middle English kiken, perhaps of Scandinavian origin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

From Middle English kiken ("to strike out with the foot"), probably from Old Norse kikna ("to sink at the knees") and keikja ("to bend backwards") (compare Old Norse keikr ("bent backwards, the belly jutting forward")), from Proto-Germanic *kaik-, *kaikaz (“bent backwards”), of uncertain origin. Perhaps from Proto-Germanic *kī-, *kij- (“to split, dodge, swerve sidewards”), from Proto-Indo-European *ǵeyǝ- (“to sprout, shoot”). Compare also Dutch kijken ("to look"), Middle Low German kīken ("to look, watch"). See keek.

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Shortening of kick the bucket



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