Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun One that kicks.
  • noun A sudden, surprising turn of events or ending; a twist.
  • noun A tricky or concealed condition; a pitfall.
  • noun A condition that imposes an automatic increase, as in a pension plan.
  • noun A small outboard motor.

from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

  • noun a player who kicks the football

Etymologies

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

to kick + -er

Examples

  • The word kicker hadnt even been invented yet, but somehow Hiro had understood it all instinctively: how to make a clique huge overnight, how to convince everyone to requisition some new gadget, and most of all how to make himself legendary in the process.

    Scott Westerfeld: Uglies Quartet

  • The word kicker hadnt even been invented yet, but somehow Hiro had understood it all instinctively: how to make a clique huge overnight, how to convince everyone to requisition some new gadget, and most of all how to make himself legendary in the process.

    Extras

  • The word kicker hadnt even been invented yet, but somehow Hiro had understood it all instinctively: how to make a clique huge overnight, how to convince everyone to requisition some new gadget, and most of all how to make himself legendary in the process.

    Extras

  • The word kicker hadnt even been invented yet, but somehow Hiro had understood it all instinctively: how to make a clique huge overnight, how to convince everyone to requisition some new gadget, and most of all how to make himself legendary in the process.

    Extras

  • The word kicker hadnt even been invented yet, but somehow Hiro had understood it all instinctively: how to make a clique huge overnight, how to convince everyone to requisition some new gadget, and most of all how to make himself legendary in the process.

    Extras

  • And if an opponent shows laxness in prepping, the kicker is authorized (in all but endgame situations when a single point is needed) to audible to the two point attempt.

    Matthew Yglesias » The Swinging Gate

  • Then the kicker is they let someone else upset them enough to not vote for someone.

    McCain to highlight differences with Bush in New Orleans

  • The White House tosses in 9/11, of course, ( "Hey, lookit the kitty!") but the kicker is the line about "government safe from corruption ..."

    A Higher Standard?

  • Comments bacon at your doorstep - brilliant. but the kicker is all the cool bacon swag you get, too ...

    Fry It Up in a Pan

  • PLUS the real "kicker" is more opportunity to co-mingle with the Mexican community, because most of them are walking, or on the buses with me.

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

    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 brand of amplifiers.

    November 13, 2009