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flicker

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[ flik-er ]
/ ˈflɪk ər /
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verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
to cause to flicker.
noun
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Origin of flicker

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First recorded before 1000; Middle English verb flikeren, flekeren, Old English flicerian, flicorian “to flutter”; cognate with Dutch flikkeren

OTHER WORDS FROM flicker

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

Other definitions for flicker (2 of 2)

flicker2
[ 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

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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)

flicker1
/ (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 of flicker

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)

flicker2
/ (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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