American English

Definition of lick noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    jump to other results
  1. 1[countable] an act of licking something with the tongue Can I have a lick of your ice cream?
  2. 2[singular] a lick of paint (informal) a small amount of paint, used to make a place look better What this room needs is a lick of paint.
  3. 3[countable] (informal) a short piece of music which is part of a song and is played on a guitar a guitar/blues lick
  4. 4[countable] (informal) a hard hit Hockey players have to take a lot of licks. (figurative) The store didn’t hire him, but he got in a few licks himself when he started his own successful business across the street.
  5. Idioms
    at a (good) lick (informal)
    jump to other results
    fast; at a high speed
    a lick and a promise (informal)
    jump to other results
    the act of performing a task quickly and carelessly, especially of washing or cleaning something quickly
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: lick