Definition and Meanings for lick

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Part of Speech of lick

transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun, noun, verb

Etymology of lick

as. liccian; akin to os. likk, d. likken, ohg. lecch, g. lecken, goth. bi-laig, russ. lizate, l. lingere, gr. lei`chein , skr. lih, rih. lecher, relish see lick, v.pos cf. osw. l to place, strike, prick

Meaning of lick

as transitive verb, imperfect, past participle, present participle, verbal noun

  • to draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand.
  • to lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk.

as noun, verb

  • a stroke of the tongue in licking.
  • a quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue; as, to put on colors with a lick of the brush. also, a small quantity of any substance so applied.
  • a place where salt is found on the surface of the earth, to which wild animals resort to lick it up; -- often, but not always, near salt springs. called also salt lick.

as transitive verb

  • to strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter.

as noun

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