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[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
a person or thing that nicks.
Origin of nicker1
First recorded in 1660-70; nick + -er1


[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
verb (used without object), noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
laugh; snicker.
1785-95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6


[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
noun, plural nickerer, nickers for 1.
British Slang. one pound sterling.
Australian. money.
First recorded in 1905-10; perhaps special use of nicker1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for nicker
Historical Examples
  • If one of the seven animals we had should nicker, we were lost.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • Some knew it as the nicker tree, but the reason for the name is not known.

    American Forest Trees

    Henry H. Gibson
  • The Neck, or nicker, has become quite a stranger in England.

  • For months he had not heard the sound of a human voice, nor the nicker of any horse other than his own.

    The Eye of Dread Payne Erskine
  • He called softly, but there came no nicker of response from the pony.

  • Then he wanted to nicker in protest, but he found that he could not.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • Suddenly he heard a nicker at his elbow almost, and looked around.

    Ted Strong in Montana

    Edward C. Taylor
  • Rambler's nicker of welcome stopped him half-way and held him there, hot with guilt.

    The Uphill Climb

    B. M. Bower
  • For the second time Shawnee cried, but this time it was no warrior's protest against death; it was the nicker of a question.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • As he approached she looked at him over the glowing cigarette; and her eyes seemed to nicker with a strange restlessness.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for nicker


verb (intransitive)
(of a horse) to neigh softly
to laugh quietly; snigger
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from neigh


noun (pl) -er
(Brit, slang) a pound sterling
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for nicker

"to neigh," 1774, of imitative origin (see neigh). Related: Nickered; nickering.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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