Definition of lick noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//lɪk//
    ; NAmE NAmE//lɪk//
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  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. Word OriginOld English liccian, of West Germanic origin; related to Dutch likken and German lecken, from an Indo-European root shared by Greek leikhein and Latin lingere.Idioms (informal) fast; at a high speed (informal) the act of performing a task quickly and carelessly, especially of washing or cleaning something quickly
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