flick

1 [flik]
noun
1.
a sudden light blow or tap, as with a whip or the finger: She gave the horse a flick with her riding crop.
2.
the sound made by such a blow or tap.
3.
a light and rapid movement: a flick of the wrist.
4.
something thrown off with or as if with a jerk: a flick of mud.
verb (used with object)
5.
to strike lightly with a whip, the finger, etc.
6.
to remove with such a stroke: to flick away a crumb.
7.
to move (something) with a sudden stroke or jerk.
verb (used without object)
8.
to move with a jerk or jerks.
9.
to flutter.

Origin:
1400–50; late Middle English flykke; apparently imitative

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flick

2 [flik]
noun Slang.
a motion picture.
Also, flicker.


Origin:
1925–30; shortening of flicker1

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flick1 (flɪk)
 
vb (foll by through)
1.  (tr) to touch with or as if with the finger or hand in a quick jerky movement
2.  (tr) to propel or remove by a quick jerky movement, usually of the fingers or hand: to flick a piece of paper at someone
3.  to move or cause to move quickly or jerkily
4.  to read or look at (a book, newspaper, etc) quickly or idly
5.  to snap or click (the fingers) to produce a sharp sound
 
n
6.  a tap or quick stroke with the fingers, a whip, etc
7.  the sound made by such a stroke
8.  a fleck, streak, or particle
9.  informal give someone the flick to dismiss someone from consideration
 
[C15: of imitative origin; compare French flicflac]

flick2 (flɪk)
 
n
1.  a cinema film
2.  the flicks the cinema: what's on at the flicks tonight?

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Word Origin & History

flick
mid-15c., probably imitative of a light blow with a whip. Earliest recorded use is in phrase not worth a flykke "useless." As slang for "film," it is first attested 1926, a back formation from flicker, from their flickering appearance. The verb is first recorded 1838; meaning "quick turn of the wrist"
is from 1897, originally in cricket. Related: Flicked; flicking.
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Slang Dictionary

flick definition


  1. n.
    a movie. : That was a pretty good flick, right?
Dictionary of American Slang and Colloquial Expressions by Richard A. Spears.Fourth Edition.
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Example sentences
Windows that absorb or reflect light and heat at the flick of a switch could
  help cut heating and cooling bills.
Flick a power switch and in a few minutes you have what appears to be easy
  access to a lot of power.
Computers gathering data on every flick of a switch, flush of a toilet, or
  opening of a cabinet.
But there are a host of other applications where a simple flick of the hand
  would do.
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