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The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English.

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun lick:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb lick:


Lick is sometimes a misspelling of like or liked.

The word lick is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun lick

What does lick mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: licks

  1. a salt deposit that animals regularly lick
    • lexical domain: Natural Objects - nouns denoting natural objects (not man-made)
    • synonym of lick: salt lick
    • more generic words: deposit / sediment = matter that has been deposited by some natural process
  2. touching with the tongue
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of lick: lap
    • more generic words: touch / touching = the act of putting two things together with no space between them
  3. (boxing) a blow with the fist

Alternative definition of the noun lick


  1. The act of licking.
  2. The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
  3. A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
  4. A small watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream.
  5. [colloquial] A stroke or blow.
  6. [colloquial] A bit.
  7. [music] A short motif.
  8. speed. In this sense it is always qualified by 'good', or 'fair' or a similar adjective.

Definition of the verb lick

What does lick mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: licked | licking | licks

  1. beat thoroughly and conclusively in a competition or fight
  2. pass the tongue over
    • example: the dog licked her hand
    • syntax:
      Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formulaVerbs with the same syntax
      [Agent - being] [Verb]Cynthia ate | Cynthia drank | Cynthia nibbled | Cynthia sippedVerbs of Ingesting: chew, chomp, crunch, gnaw, masticate, munch, nibble, peck, pick, teethe
      [Agent - being] [Verb] [Patient]Cynthia ate the peach | Cynthia devoured the pizza | Cynthia drank the wine | Cynthia gobbled the pizza | Cynthia nibbled the carrot | Cynthia quaffed her mead | Cynthia sipped the drink | Cynthia swilled the beverage
      [Agent - being] [Verb] at [Patient]Cynthia ate at the peach | Cynthia nibbled at the carrot
      [Agent - being] [Verb] on [Patient]Cynthia nibbled on the carrot
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer]Carrie touched his shoulderVerbs of Contact: caress, fondle, grasp, graze, grip, grope, kiss, knead, massage, nudge, pat, paw, peck, pinch, prod, rub, squeeze, sting, stroke, tickle, touch, tug, tweak, wring
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Experiencer] with [Instrument]Carrie touched his shoulder with the stick
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] at [Source]Brian wiped at the counterVerbs of Removing: bail, dab, dust, erase, pluck, prune, rinse, rub, scour, scrape, scratch, scrub, squeeze, strip, suck, suction, swab, sweep, wash, wear, wipe
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Source]Brian wiped the counter | Carla shoveled the walk
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme]Barry Cryer erased the writing
      [Agent - intentional control] [Verb] [Theme] from / out / out of / off / off of [Source]Brian wiped the fingerprints from the counter | Carla shoveled the snow from the walk | Doug removed the smudges from the tabletop
    • lexical domain: Contact - verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging
    • synonym of lick: lap
    • more generic word: stroke = touch lightly and repeatedly, as with brushing motions
    • more specific word: tongue = lick or explore with the tongue
  3. find the solution to (a problem or question) or understand the meaning of
  4. take up with the tongue
    • example: the cub licked the milk from its mother's breast
    • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
    • synonyms of lick: lap / lap up
    • more generic words: drink / imbibe = take in liquids

Alternative definition of the verb lick


  1. To stroke with the tongue.
  2. [colloquial] To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
  3. [colloquial] To overcome.
  4. [vulgar, slang] To perform cunnilingus.
  5. [colloquial] To do anything partially.


Who is Lick?

Lick a.k.a. J. C. R. Licklider: Joseph Carl Robnett Licklider, known simply as J. C. R. or "Lick", was an American psychologist and computer scientist who is considered one of the most important figures in computer science and general computing history.


  1. Lick was a band on Chicago's Invisible Records in the 1990s. Members have played with Pigface, The Final Cut, Project Elf, Sister Machine Gun and more.
  2. Lick is a musical group.

There are other groups with in their name, like LICK 57's, Lick My Scars, Lick The Tins, Suburban Lick and I Can Lick Any Sonofabitch in the House.


  1. "Lick" is the third album by The Lemonheads and the last to feature founding member Ben Deily. It was released in 1989 and was the group's last album before signing to major label Atlantic. A typo on the album itself erroneously states its release date as 1988. As with their first two albums, it was re-released as a CD in 1992, with two bonus tracks.
  2. "Lick" is a song by American funk/soul singer Joi, It was written by Joi Gilliam, Sleepy Brown, Rico Wade, Brandon Bennett, Raymon Ameer Murrey and produced by Joi for her third studio album Star Kitty's Revenge and later appeared in the film xXx and its soundtrack. Becoming an instant cult favorite courtesy of the film, this remains Gilliam's most successful single to date. A music video was never shot due to Gilliam parting ways with the music label and joining then fellow Lucy Pearl band mate Raphael Saadiq's Pookie Entertainment label at the time of its success. The song would later be sampled in rapper Gucci Mane's 2007 hit single "Freaky Gurl".
  3. "Lick" is a musical album of Hard Candy.
    • released in (21 years ago)
  4. "Lick" a.k.a. "Lick!" is a musical single of Free Kitten.
    • released in (22 years ago)
  5. "Lick" is a musical EP of Mindlab.
    • released in (14 years ago)


  1. Lick: In popular music genres such as rock or jazz music, a lick is "a stock pattern or phrase" consisting of a short series of notes that is used in solos and melodic lines and accompaniment. Licks in rock and roll are often used through a formula, and variations technique in which variants of simple, stock ideas are blended and developed during the solo.
  2. Lick is a lunar crater that has been flooded with basaltic lava. The north rim is attached to the smaller, bowl-shaped crater Greaves. Lick lies on the southwest edge of Mare Crisium. Its rim is broken at the north and south ends, and the southwest rim is attached to the crater remnant Lick A. There is a small, flooded crater within the southern part of Lick's inner floor, and several tiny craters mark the interior surface. A small, unnamed crater at the east rim has a bright ray system.
    • also known as لیک
  3. Lick: A lick is a small watercourse or an ephemeral stream. It ranks hydrologically between a rill, shown left, and a stream, shown right.

Phrases with Lick

Phrases starting with the word Lick:

  1. Lick Up
  2. Lick Out
  3. Lick Clean
  4. Lick One's Chops
  5. Lick One's Wounds
  6. Lick Someone's Ass

Phrases ending with the word Lick:

  1. to lick
  2. Big Lick
  3. Good Lick
  4. salt lick

Other phrase containing the word Lick:

  1. To Lick Up

Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Lick

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Google previewYou Can Teach Yourself Mandolin by Ear (2011)

by Jack Hatfield

The lick is the building block of the improvised solo. A lick is a phrase that stands on its own as a musical idea. Licks canbe interchanged and combined according to the tastes and ability of the individual player.

Google previewBird Watching (1999)

On Playing and Coaching the Game I Love by Larry Bird, Jackie MacMullan

French Lick is a little country town. It's a beautiful place, with lots of hills and trees and winding roads,

Google previewUniverse (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A lick is a small watercourse or an ephemeral stream. It ranks hydrologically between a rill, shown left, and a stream, shown right. A phenomenon plural phenomena, is any observable occurrence. Phenomena are often, but not always , ...

Google previewJournal of the American Oriental Society (1907)

Now bride is quite correct; the “ young woman” is a bride, but lick is the proper word for rih as here used, since the young lord is no other than the Fire-god and the bride is the oblation poured in sacrifice upon the fire, a perfectly natural word to ...

Google previewThe Cosmic Perspective, The Solar System (2016)

Astronomy, Planetary science by CTI Reviews

Lick: A lick is a small watercourse or an ephemeral stream. It ranks hydrologically between a rill, shown left, and a stream, shown right. SOLAR: SOLAR is an ESA science observatory on the Columbus Laboratory, which is part of the ...

Google previewJK, L, M Versability (2015)

by Roger J. Maderia

A lick is a taste with the tongue. A licking is a spanking with some pain. Lard is some white cooking fat. A larder is a storage place for food. A laugh is the sound of amusement. Laughter is a very happy mood. A letterhead is a heading on ...

Google previewDiscovering the Universe (2016)

Astronomy, Astronomy by CTI Reviews

Lick: A lick is a small watercourse or an ephemeral stream. It ranks hydrologically between a rill, shown left, and a stream, shown right. Phase: In the physical sciences, a phase is a region of space, throughout which all physical properties of a ...

Google previewTales from the Indiana High School Basketball Locker Room (2013)

A Collection of the State's Greatest Basketball Stories Ever Told by Jeff Washburn

The Hick from French Lick French Lick is a sleepy town, deep in Southern Indiana,

Google previewNew Directions in Mentoring (2002)

Creating a Culture of Synergy by Dale W. Lick, Carol A. Mullen

Lick is a past president of Georgia Southern University, University of Maine, and The Florida State University, and presently University Professor and Associate Director of the Learning Systems Institute at Florida State University, ...

Google previewTAB Licks: Scales & Modes for Guitar

A Fun and Easy Way to Use Scales and Modes in Your Playing by Steve Hall, Ron Manus

A lick is a pattern or series of notes commonly used as a basis for guitar soloing. Scales and Modes TAB Licks will give you an understanding ...

Google previewElements of Ecology (2016)

by CTI Reviews

A mineral lick is a natural mineral deposit where animals in nutrientpoor ecosystems can obtain essential mineral nutrients. In an ecosystem, salt/mineral licks often occur naturally, providing the sodium, calcium, iron, phosphorus and zinc ...

Google previewUnited Editors Encyclopedia and Dictionary (1907)

A Library of Universal Knowledge and an Unabridged Dictionary of the English Language ...

LICH-GATE–LICK LICH-GATE, n. lich-gāt [Goth. leik; Ger. leiche; AS. lice, a corpse: Icel. lik, a living body; and Eng. gate— lit., corpse-gate]: the covered gate at the entrance to a churchyard where the corpse is set down to await the arrival of ...

Google previewOxford Dictionary of English Idioms (2010)

by John Ayto

let letter lei/el liberty licence lick lid lie lie in state lifeline lifetime lift llfll/Li likeflreared lightning like. duplicatesthe sense ofhindrance. It is, however, used in sports such as badminton and tennis. 1999 Marion Shoard A Right to Roam Citizens ...

Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley


Google previewDictionary of Phrase and Fable (1898)

Giving the Derivation, Source, Or Origin of Common Phrases, Allusions, and Words that Have a Tale to Tell by Ebenezer Cobham Brewer

Libra 750 Lick into Shape Libra [the balance]. One of the twelve signs of the Zodiac (September 22 to October 22), when day and night being weighed would be found equal. XTbrary. One of the most approved materials for writing on, before ...

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Quotes about Lick

shake and rattle.
rock and dock.
lick the side of
your cup and sip
hot coffee and
think about what
it is to be a loser.

i like your game.
Hide and seek.
Lick and Bite.
Pretend that
I love you. (Ric S. Bastasa)
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Scrabble value of L1I1C3K5

The value of this 4-letter word is 10 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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