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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 nickering
Historical Examples
  • Her own nickering complaints of Norah's "glumness" sank into dumb anxiety.

  • I heard the nickering of horses and the jolt of carts as they turned from the bush into the path.

    Prester John John Buchan
  • Also there was much cracking of whips and nickering of horses along the line.

    Bred of the Desert Marcus Horton
  • They had been restive, backing and jerking and pawing and nickering for their feed-box.

    The Prairie Wife Arthur Stringer
  • For the most part he listened mutely, with a nickering, perfunctory smile.

    Grey Roses

    Henry Harland
  • There was no light but the nickering taper held by the man, and by its uncertain glimmer Shorthouse turned to examine him.

  • Silver, nickering softly, limped forward and nestled his nose in the palm of his master.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • The rhythms seem to approach the wild, unnumbered rhythms of the forest and the wind and the nickering sunlight.

    Musical Portraits Paul Rosenfeld
  • He dropped to the ground and stood there, quivering in every muscle and nickering plaintively.

  • In the clear depths of the lad's hazel eyes he saw a faint, nickering, wavering light, which gave a yellow tinge to them.

    The Missionary George Griffith
British Dictionary definitions for nickering


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 nickering



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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