English Verbs of Body Movement

Commonly used verbs to express body movement...


  • Tap - move your feet to the beat of music
  • Kick - use your feet to make something move
  • Limp - walk with difficulty because your leg or foot is injured
  • Paddle - walk in the sea with bare feet (but still wearing trousers, etc)
  • Wave - when you move your hand (or hands) in the air to attract attention or to say goodbye
  • Stroke - use long movements of your hand down someone's skin (or an animal's fur)
  • Tickle - lightly touch someone to make them laugh (because their skin is sensitive)

  • Pat - touch someone or something lightly with your open hand
  • Slap - use your open hand to hit someone or something
  • Punch - use your closed hand (fist) to hit someone or something
  • Rip - tear something using both hands
  • Scratch - use your nails on something
  • Grab - take something quickly with your hand
  • Flick - move something small away from you using your thumb and middle finger
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