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English noun: kick

1. kick (act) the act of delivering a blow with the foot

SamplesHe gave the ball a powerful kick.
The team's kicking was excellent.

Synonymsboot, kicking

Broader (hypernym)blow

Narrower (hyponym)dropkick, goal-kick, goal-kick, place kick, place-kicking, punt, punting

2. kick (feeling) the swift release of a store of affective force

SamplesThey got a great bang out of it.
What a boot!.
He got a quick rush from injecting heroin.
He does it for kicks.

Synonymsbang, boot, charge, flush, rush, thrill

Broader (hypernym)excitement, exhilaration

3. kick (event) the backward jerk of a gun when it is fired


Broader (hypernym)motion, movement

4. kick (communication) informal terms for objecting

SamplesI have a gripe about the service here.

Synonymsbeef, bitch, gripe, squawk

Broader (hypernym)objection

5. kick (cognition) the sudden stimulation provided by strong drink (or certain drugs)

SamplesA sidecar is a smooth drink but it has a powerful kick.

Broader (hypernym)input, stimulant, stimulation, stimulus

6. kick (act) a rhythmic thrusting movement of the legs as in swimming or calisthenics

SamplesThe kick must be synchronized with the arm movements.
The swimmer's kicking left a wake behind him.


Broader (hypernym)motility, motion, move, movement

Narrower (hyponym)swimming kick

English verb: kick

1. kick (contact) drive or propel with the foot

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)impel, propel

Narrower (hyponym)drop-kick, drop-kick, dropkick, dropkick, place-kick, punt

Entaildisplace, move

Domain categoryathletics, sport

2. kick (motion) thrash about or strike out with the feet

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)strike out

3. kick (contact) strike with the foot

SamplesThe boy kicked the dog.
Kick the door down.

ExamplesThey want to kick the prisoners

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody

Broader (hypernym)hit

Narrower (hyponym)boot, scuff

4. kick (motion) kick a leg up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe

5. kick (contact) spring back, as from a forceful thrust

SamplesThe gun kicked back into my shoulder.

Synonymskick back, recoil

Pattern of useSomething ----s

Broader (hypernym)bounce, bound, rebound, recoil, resile, reverberate, ricochet, spring, take a hop

6. kick (consumption) stop consuming

SamplesKick a habit.
Give up alcohol.

Synonymsgive up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s VERB-ing

Broader (hypernym)dispense with, forego, foreswear, forgo, relinquish, waive

7. kick (competition) make a goal

SamplesHe kicked the extra point after touchdown.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)hit, rack up, score, tally

Narrower (hyponym)place-kick

Domain categoryfootball, football game

8. kick (communication) express complaints, discontent, displeasure, or unhappiness

SamplesMy mother complains all day.
She has a lot to kick about.

Synonymscomplain, kvetch, plain, quetch, sound off

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s that CLAUSE

Narrower (hyponym)backbite, beef, bellyache, bemoan, bewail, bitch, bitch, bleat, crab, croak, deplore, gnarl, gripe, grizzle, grouch, grouse, grumble, grumble, hen-peck, holler, inveigh, lament, murmur, mutter, nag, peck, protest, rail, repine, report, scold, squawk, whine, yammer, yawp

Antonymschirk up, cheer up, cheer

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