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[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
verb (used without object), noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
laugh; snicker.
Origin of nicker2
1785-95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6 Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for nickered
Historical Examples
  • He nickered a soft welcome and laid his nose on her shoulder.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • He nickered affectionately as his master came up and led him out.

    The Bishop of Cottontown John Trotwood Moore
  • Travis' pony lifted his head, nickered, and achieved a stumbling trot.

    The Defiant Agents Andre Alice Norton
  • Pat nickered joyful greeting, as if understanding what was to come.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • Boyar, lifting his head, nickered and was answered by Rally, entering the meadow.

    Overland Red Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • He nickered like a pony and said he was the dog in this deal.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • As chance would have it, Siegfried's pony, perhaps recognizing a friend among those passing, nickered shrilly its greeting.

    A Texas Ranger William MacLeod Raine
  • The horse turned his fine head and nickered softly as he rubbed his soft nose on her shoulder.

    Benefits Forgot Honor Willsie
  • As they stepped out to the veranda, the horses recognized Cheyenne and nickered gently.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs
  • Dobe turned and marched deliberately away from the road, heading toward the west, and nickered.

    Partners of Chance

    Henry Herbert Knibbs
British Dictionary definitions for nickered


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 nickered



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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