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
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British Dictionary definitions for flickering (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 flickering (2 of 2)

flicker

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/ (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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