Try Our Apps


Is irregardless a word?


[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
a person or thing that nicks.
Origin of nicker1
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.
1905-10; perhaps special use of nicker1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for nicker
Historical Examples
  • 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
  • The Neck, or nicker, has become quite a stranger in England.

  • Some knew it as the nicker tree, but the reason for the name is not known.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • He called softly, but there came no nicker of response from the pony.

  • 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
  • And now, as we pushed along this highway, one and another of them began to nicker, a sure sign that the camp was not far distant.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • Rambler's nicker of welcome stopped him half-way and held him there, hot with guilt.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
  • "All right," she acquiesced readily, the nicker of a smile about her lips quickly suppressed.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Suddenly he heard a nicker at his elbow almost, and looked around.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • At a later period arose the nicker, the Hawcubite, and the yet more dreaded name of Mohawk.

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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Word Origin and History for nicker

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for nicker

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for nicker

Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for nicker