- a person or thing that nicks.
Origin of nicker1
- laugh; snicker.
Origin of nicker2
- British Slang. one pound sterling.
- Australian. money.
Origin of nicker3
First recorded in 1905–10; perhaps special use of nicker1
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Examples from the Web for nicker
If one of the seven animals we had should nicker, we were lost.With the Indians in the Rockies
James Willard Schultz
Some knew it as the nicker tree, but the reason for the name is not known.American Forest Trees
Henry H. Gibson
The Neck, or Nicker, has become quite a stranger in England.Musical Myths and Facts, Volume I (of 2)
For months he had not heard the sound of a human voice, nor the nicker of any horse other than his own.The Eye of Dread
He called softly, but there came no nicker of response from the pony.The Shooting of Dan McGrew, A Novel
- (of a horse) to neigh softly
- to laugh quietly; snigger
C18: perhaps from neigh
- British slang a pound sterling
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for nicker
"to neigh," 1774, of imitative origin (see neigh). Related: Nickered; nickering.
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