flicker

1
[ flik-er ]
/ ˈflɪk ər /

verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

to cause to flicker.

noun

Origin of flicker

1
before 1000; Middle English flikeren (v.) Old English flicorian to flutter; cognate with Dutch flikkeren

Related forms

flick·er·ing·ly, adverbflick·er·y, adjectiveun·flick·er·ing, adjectiveun·flick·er·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for flicker (2 of 2)

flicker

2
[ flik-er ]
/ ˈflɪk ər /

noun

any of several American woodpeckers of the genus Colaptes, having the underside of the wings and tail brightly marked with yellow or red and noted for taking insects from the ground as well as trees.

Origin of flicker

2
An Americanism dating back to 1800–10; said to be imitative of the bird's note
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British Dictionary definitions for flicker (1 of 2)

flicker

1
/ (ˈflɪkə) /

verb

(intr) to shine with an unsteady or intermittent lighta candle flickers
(intr) to move quickly to and fro; quiver, flutter, or vibrate
(tr) to cause to flicker

noun

Derived Forms

flickeringly, adverbflickery, adjective

Word Origin for flicker

Old English flicorian; related to Dutch flikkeren, Old Norse flökra to flutter

British Dictionary definitions for flicker (2 of 2)

flicker

2
/ (ˈflɪkə) /

noun

any North American woodpecker of the genus Colaptes, esp C. auratus (yellow-shafted flicker), which has a yellow undersurface to the wings and tail

Word Origin for flicker

C19: perhaps imitative of the bird's call
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