Definition of "lick" []

  • To pass the tongue over or along: lick a stamp. (verb-transitive)
  • To lap up. (verb-transitive)
  • To lap or flicker at like a tongue: The waves licked the sides of the boat. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To punish with a beating; thrash. (verb-transitive)
  • Slang To get the better of; defeat: licked her weight problem. (verb-transitive)
  • To pass the tongue over, esp in order to taste or consume (verb)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

  • To flicker or move lightly over or round (something) (verb)
  • To defeat or vanquish (verb)
  • To flog or thrash (verb)
  • To be or do much better than (verb)
  • An instance of passing the tongue over something (noun)
  • A small amount (noun)
  • A block of compressed salt or chemical matter provided for domestic animals to lick for medicinal and nutritional purposes (noun)
  • A place to which animals go to lick exposed natural deposits of salt (noun)
  • A hit; blow (noun)
  • A short musical phrase, usually on one instrument (noun)
  • Speed; rate of movement (noun) (c) HarperCollins Publishers Ltd 2016

Use "lick" in a sentence
  • "And lick is what Princess Pup likes to do to Minnow."
  • ""To glory!" cried Murray, waving his sword; "O! not while a Scot survives, shall that blood-red lion * again lick the dust!""
  • "He actually stole something out of the recycling bin the other day to lick, which is a first."