Date: 15th century
1. a light sharp jerky stroke or movement <a flick of the wrist> 2. a sound produced by a flick 3. flicker II,1 II. verb Date: 1629 transitive verb 1. a. to move or propel with or as if with a flick <flicked her hair back over her shoulder> <flick a switch> b. to activate, deactivate, or change by or as if by flicking a switch <flick on a cigarette lighter> <flick off the radio> 2. a. to strike lightly with a quick sharp motion <flicked the horse with a whip> b. to remove with light blows <flicked an ash off her sleeve> intransitive verb 1. to go or pass quickly or abruptly <flicking through some papers> 2. to direct flicks at something III. noun Etymology: short for 2flicker Date: 1926 movie
New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.