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verb (used without object), noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
  1. neigh.
  2. laugh; snicker.
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Origin of nicker

1785–95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6
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Related Words for nickered

growl, exclaim, shout, whoop, cheer, holler, coo, bark, grunt, shriek, scream, howl, bellow, crow, twitter, hoot, clack, gabble, tweet, ejaculate

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Historical Examples of nickered

  • He nickered a soft welcome and laid his nose on her shoulder.

    Chip, of the Flying U

    B. M. Bower

  • He nickered affectionately as his master came up and led him out.

    The Bishop of Cottontown

    John Trotwood Moore

  • Travis' pony lifted his head, nickered, and achieved a stumbling trot.

    The Defiant Agents

    Andre Alice Norton

  • Pat nickered joyful greeting, as if understanding what was to come.

    Bred of the Desert

    Marcus Horton

  • Boyar, lifting his head, nickered and was answered by Rally, entering the meadow.

    Overland Red

    Henry Herbert Knibbs

British Dictionary definitions for nickered


verb (intr)
  1. (of a horse) to neigh softly
  2. to laugh quietly; snigger
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Word Origin for nicker

C18: perhaps from neigh


noun plural -er
  1. British slang a pound sterling
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Word Origin for nicker

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for nickered



"to neigh," 1774, of imitative origin (see neigh). Related: Nickered; nickering.

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