- noun the act of hitting something with your foot
- noun a feeling of excitement
- verb to hit something with your foot
- In brick, a shallow depression, fray, or panel.
- The raised fillet of a brick mold that forms the frog.
- The pitch variation between patent glazing and the surrounding roof.
- noun a sudden sensation of excitement, a thrill. This Americanism spread to the rest of the English-speaking world in the 1940s, helped by Cole Porter’s song, ‘I get a kick out of you’. The plural form kicks was a vogue term of the early 1960s.
- noun a particular activity or period of involvement. In the language of hipsters, beatniks, etc.
- verb to give up (a habit). A piece of drug addicts’ jargon which entered general currency in the 1950s.
- noun a blow with the foot, e.g. in martial arts
- noun a thrashing movement with the leg when swimming
- verb to strike a ball with the foot
- verb to strike something or somebody with the foot, e.g. in martial arts
- verb to make a thrashing movement with the legs, e.g. when fighting or swimming
Origin & History of “kick”
is one of the mystery
words of English
. It first
the end of the 14th century
, but no one knows where
it came from
, and it has no relatives in the other
Indo-European languages. It may have
been a Scandinavian borrowing.