Lick Lick (l[i^]k), v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Licked} (l[i^]kt); p. pr. & vb. n. {Licking}.] [AS. liccian; akin to OS. likk[=o]n, D. likken, OHG. lecch[=o]n, G. lecken, Goth. bi-laig[=o]n, Russ. lizate, L. lingere, Gr. lei`chein, Skr. lih, rih. [root]121. Cf. {Lecher}, {Relish}.] 1. To draw or pass the tongue over; as, a dog licks his master's hand. --Addison. [1913 Webster]

2. To lap; to take in with the tongue; as, a dog or cat licks milk. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

{To lick the dust}, to be slain; to fall in battle. ``His enemies shall lick the dust.'' --Ps. lxxii. 9.

{To lick into shape}, to give proper form to; -- from a notion that the bear's cubs are born shapeless and subsequently formed by licking. --Hudibras.

{To lick the spittle of}, to fawn upon. --South.

{To lick up}, to take all of by licking; to devour; to consume entirely. --Shak. --Num. xxii. 4. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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  • lick — [lik] vt. [ME licken < OE liccian, akin to Ger lecken < IE base * leig̑h , to lick > Gr leichein, L ligurrire, to lick, lingere, to lick up] 1. to pass the tongue over [to lick one s lips] 2. to bring into a certain condition by passing… …   English World dictionary

  • Lick — Lick, n. [See {Lick}, v.] 1. A stroke of the tongue in licking. A lick at the honey pot. Dryden. [1913 Webster] 2. 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 …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • lick — ► VERB 1) pass the tongue over (something), typically in order to taste, moisten, or clean it. 2) move lightly and quickly like a tongue. 3) informal defeat comprehensively. ► NOUN 1) an act of licking. 2) informal a small amount or quick… …   English terms dictionary

  • lick — [n] light touch; little amount bit, brush, cast, dab, dash, hint, sample, smack, speck, stroke, suggestion, taste, tinge, trace, whiff; concepts 612,831 lick [v1] touch with tongue brush, calm, caress, fondle, glance, gloss, graze, lap, lap… …   New thesaurus

  • Lick — Lick, n. A slap; a quick stroke. [Colloq.] A lick across the face. Dryden. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lick — Lick, v. t. [Cf. OSw. l[ a]gga to place, strike, prick.] To strike with repeated blows for punishment; to flog; to whip or conquer, as in a pugilistic encounter. [Colloq. or Low] Carlyle. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Lick —   [englisch/amerikanisch, lɪk], kurzer, meist improvisierter melodischer Einwurf, der Ruhepunkte bzw. Lücken im Melodieverlauf überbrückt, z. B. Keyboardeinwürfe zu einer Gesangsmelodie. Der Lick als melodische Erscheinung bildet somit einen… …   Universal-Lexikon

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  • Lick — Lick, James, der Gründer der nach ihm benannten Sternwarte auf dem Mount Hamilton (1283 m) in Kalifornien, geb. 1796 zu Fredericksburg in Pennsylvanien, gest. 1. Okt. 1876 in San Francisco, betrieb Kunsttischlerei, Pianoforte und Orgelbau in… …   Meyers Großes Konversations-Lexikon

  • Lick — On rencontre le nom dans l Oise, mais surtout en Belgique. C est l hypocoristique d un nom de personne d origine germanique, Lidiko (dérivé de leod = peuple). Formes avec génitif de filiation : Licks, Lickens …   Noms de famille

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