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whicker

[hwik-er, wik-]Chiefly New England and South Atlantic States.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to whinny; neigh.
noun
  1. a whinny; neigh.

Origin of whicker

1650–60; whick- (compare Old English hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + -er6; akin to German wiehern to neigh
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Examples from the Web for whicker

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Historical Examples

  • If everything goes by the board, you won't hear a whicker out of me.

  • Suddenly through the intense silence, he heard the whicker of a horse.

  • "Thanks" replied the gentleman and he sat down on the edge of a whicker chair.


British Dictionary definitions for whicker

whicker

verb
  1. (intr) (of a horse) to whinny or neigh; nicker

Word Origin

C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whicker

v.

1650s, "snigger," imitative (cf. snicker). As imitative of a sound made by a horse, from 1753. As the sound of something beating the air, from 1920. Related: Whickered; whickering.

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