Old English liccian, from Proto-Germanic *likkōjanan (cf. East Frisian [[likje#Patrono:Frs|likje]], Dutch likken, German lecken), from Proto-Indo-European *leig̑h- (cf. Irish ligim, Latin lingere 'to lick', liggurīre 'to lap, lick up', Lithuanian liẽžti, Old Church Slavonic lizati, Ancient Greek leíkhein, Armenian lizum, Persian lisidân, Sanskrit léḍhi, réḍhi).
Third person singular
- To stroke with the tongue.
- The cat licked its fur.
- (colloquial) To defeat decisively, particularly in a fight.
- My dad can lick your dad.
- (colloquial) To overcome.
- I think I can lick this.
- (vulgar, slang) To perform cunnilingus.
- (colloquial) To do anything partially.
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- The act of licking.
- The cat gave its fur a lick.
- The amount of some substance obtainable with a single lick.
- Give me a lick of ice cream.
- A place where animals lick minerals from the ground.
- The birds gathered at the clay lick.
- A small watercourse or ephemeral stream. It ranks between a rill and a stream.
- We used to play in the lick.
- (colloquial) A stroke or blow.
- Hit that wedge a good lick with the sledgehammer.
- (colloquial) A bit.
- You don't have a lick of sense.
- I didn't do a lick of work today.
- (music) A short motif.
- There are some really good blues licks in this solo.
- speed. In this sense it is always qualified by good, or fair or a similar adjective.
- The bus was travelling at a good lick when it swerved and left the road.