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Lickest vs Lackest - What's the difference?

lickest | lackest |

In archaic terms the difference between lickest and lackest

is that lickest is archaic second-person singular of lick while lackest is archaic second-person singular of lack.




  • (archaic) (lick)

  • lick




    (en noun)
  • The act of licking; a stroke of the tongue.
  • 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 quick and careless application of anything, as if by a stroke of the tongue, or of something which acts like a tongue.
  • a lick''' of paint; to put on colours with a '''lick of the brush
  • * Gray
  • a lick of court white wash
  • 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.


    * (bit) see also .


    (en verb)
  • 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.
  • To lap
  • * 1895 , H. G. Wells, The Time Machine Chapter XI
  • Now, in this decadent age the art of fire-making had been altogether forgotten on the earth. The red tongues that went licking up my heap of wood were an altogether new and strange thing to Weena.
  • To lap; to take in with the tongue.
  • A cat licks milk.

    Derived terms

    * ass-licker * cow lick * good lick * lick one's chops * lick one's wounds * lick out * lickspittle * lick up * licked * lickety split * outlick




  • (archaic) (lack)

  • lack



    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A defect or failing; moral or spiritual degeneracy.
  • *
  • , title=(The Celebrity), chapter=1 , passage=In the old days, to my commonplace and unobserving mind, he gave no evidences of genius whatsoever. He never read me any of his manuscripts, […], and therefore my lack of detection of his promise may in some degree be pardoned.}}
  • A deficiency or need (of something desirable or necessary); an absence, want.
  • * Shakespeare
  • Let his lack of years be no impediment.
  • * 1994 , (Green Day),
  • I went to a shrink, to analyze my dreams. He said it's lack of sex that's bringing me down.''
  • * {{quote-news, year=2012, date=September 7, author=Phil McNulty, work=BBC Sport
  • , title= Moldova 0-5 England , passage=If Moldova harboured even the slightest hopes of pulling off a comeback that would have bordered on miraculous given their lack of quality, they were snuffed out 13 minutes before the break when Oxlade-Chamberlain picked his way through midfield before releasing Defoe for a finish that should have been dealt with more convincingly by Namasco at his near post.}}


    * glut * surplus


    (en verb)
  • To be without, to need, to require.
  • My life lacks excitement.
  • To be short (of'' or ''for something).
  • He'll never lack for company while he's got all that money.
  • * Shakespeare
  • What hour now? I think it lacks of twelve.
  • To be in want.
  • * Bible, Psalms xxxiv. 10
  • The young lions do lack , and suffer hunger.


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