A little girl licks an ice cream cone.
- The definition of a lick is a small amount.
An example of a lick is someone with very little common sense; a lick of common sense.
- Lick is defined as to lightly touch the tongue to, move the tongue across or wet with the tongue.
- An example of lick is how you'd eat a soft serve ice cream in a cone.
- An example of lick is using your tongue to wet the back of a stamp.
- to pass the tongue over: to lick one's lips
- to bring into a certain condition by passing the tongue over: to lick one's fingers clean
- to pass lightly over like a tongue: flames licking the logs
- to whip; thrash
- to overcome, vanquish, or control
Origin of lickMiddle English licken ; from Old English liccian, akin to German lecken ; from Indo-European base an unverified form leih-, to lick from source Classical Greek leichein, Classical Latin ligurrire, to lick, lingere, to lick up
- the act of licking with the tongue
- a small quantity
- salt lick
- a sharp blow
- a short, rapid burst of activity, often careless, as in cleaning up, etc.also lick and a promise
- a fast pace; spurt of speed; clip
- ☆ Slang a phrase of jazz music, esp. an interpolated improvisation
- Slang chance; turn: to get one's licks in
lick into shape
lick one's chops
verblicked, lick·ing, licks
- To pass the tongue over or along: lick a stamp.
- To lap up: The cat licked the milk from the bowl.
- To lap or flicker at like a tongue: The waves licked the sides of the boat.
- Slang a. To beat or thrash.b. To defeat soundly: licked their rivals in lacrosse.c. To deal with effectively; overcome: licked her weight problem.
- The act or process of licking.
- An amount obtained by licking: a lick of ice cream.
- A small quantity; a bit: hasn't got a lick of common sense.
- A deposit of exposed natural salt that is licked by passing animals.
- Slang A sudden hard stroke; a blow.
- Slang An attempt; a try: Why not give those skis a lick?
- Informal Speed; pace: moving along at a good lick.
- Music A phrase improvised by a soloist, especially on the guitar or banjo.
Origin of lickMiddle English licken, from Old English liccian; see leigh- in Indo-European roots.
- The act of licking; a stroke of the tongue.
- The cat gave its fur a lick.
- The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
- Give me a lick of ice cream.
- A quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue.
- a lick of paint; to put on colours with a lick of the brush
- A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
- The birds gathered at the clay lick.
- A small watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream.
- We used to play in the lick.
- (colloquial) A stroke or blow.
- Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.
- (colloquial) A bit.
- You don't have a lick of sense.
- I didn't do a lick of work today.
- (music) A short motif.
- There are some really good blues licks in this solo.
- speed. In this sense it is always qualified by good, or fair or a similar adjective.
- The bus was travelling at a good lick when it swerved and left the road.
(third-person singular simple present licks, present participle licking, simple past and past participle licked)
- To stroke with the tongue.
- The cat licked its fur.
- (colloquial) To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
- My dad can lick your dad.
- (colloquial) To overcome.
- I think I can lick this.
- (vulgar, slang) To perform cunnilingus.
- (colloquial) To do anything partially.
- (of flame, waves etc.) To lap
- To lap; to take in with the tongue.
- A cat licks milk.
From Old English liccian, from Proto-Germanic *likkÅnÄ… (compare East Frisian likje, Dutch likken, German lecken), from Proto-Indo-European *leiÇµÊ°- (compare Old Irish ligid, Latin lingÅ (“lick"), ligguriÅ (“to lap, lick up"), Lithuanian laiÅ¾yti, Old Church Slavonic Ð»Ð¸Ð·Ð°Ñ‚Ð¸ (lizati), Ancient Greek Î»ÎµÎ¯Ï‡Ï‰ (leÃkhÅ), Old Armenian Õ¬Õ«Õ¦Õ¥Õ´ (lizem), Persian Ù„ÛŒØ³ÛŒØ¯Ù† (lisidan), Sanskrit à¤²à¥‡à¤¢à¤¿ (lÃ©á¸hi), à¤°à¥‡à¤¢à¤¿ (rÃ©á¸hi)).