Synonyms of kick in English:


See definition of kick


1‘her attacker punched and kicked her’


boot, punt, strike with the foot

propel, drive, knock, send

Scottish blooter

British informal put the boot into, welly

2‘he was struggling to kick his drug habit’


give up, break, get out of, abandon, end, escape from

stop, cease, leave off, desist from, renounce, forgo, do without, eschew

shake, pack in, lay off, quit


take up, start

3‘the gun kicked so hard that he flinched’


recoil, spring back, fly back


1‘he gave the ball a kick’


boot, punt

2‘I get a kick out of driving a racing car’


thrill, excitement, stimulation, tingle

fun, enjoyment, amusement, pleasure, gratification

buzz, high

North American charge

3‘caffeine-free cola for those who want the taste without the kick’


potency, stimulant effect, alcoholic effect, strength, power, punch

tang, zest, bite, piquancy, edge, pungency, spice, savour

zip, zing, zap, pep, oomph

4‘their parents had gone on a health kick and refused to buy junk food’


craze, enthusiasm, obsession, mania, passion, preoccupation, fixation

fashion, vogue, trend

fad, jag


    kick against

      ‘young people are expected to kick against the establishment’


      resist, rebel against, oppose, fight against, struggle against, refuse to accept

      protest against, complain about, rage against, grumble about, object to

      defy, disobey, reject, spurn


      gripe about, grouse about, beef about, bitch about



    kick someone/something around

      1‘we feel we are undervalued and get kicked around’


      abuse, mistreat, maltreat, treat disrespectfully, treat inconsiderately, push about, push around, boss about, boss around, trample on, take for granted

      mess about, mess around, walk all over

      2‘they began to kick around the idea of sending a man into space’


      discuss, talk over, debate, thrash out, consider, moot, toy with, play with, argue the pros and cons of

    kick back

      ‘take a moment to kick back and enjoy an ice cream’


      relax, unwind, take it easy, rest, take one's ease, slow down, let up, ease off, ease up, be at leisure, sit back, laze, enjoy oneself

      chill out, hang loose

    kick off

      ‘the festival kicks off on Monday’


      start, begin, get going, get off the ground, get under way

      open, start off, set going, set in motion, launch, put in place, initiate, introduce, inaugurate, usher in, start the ball rolling

      get the show on the road



    kick someone out

      ‘he was kicked out of his regiment for insubordination’


      expel, send away, eject, turn out, throw out, force out, oust, evict, put out, get rid of

      dismiss, discharge

      chuck out, send packing, boot out, show the door to, give someone their marching orders, throw someone out on their ear, sack, fire, give someone the boot, axe


      give someone the push, give someone the elbow, give someone the big E, bin off, turf out, defenestrate

      North American

      give someone the air, give someone the bum's rush