verb (used without object), noun Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.

laugh; snicker.

Origin of nicker

1785–95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for nickered

Historical Examples of nickered

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

  • 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)

(of a horse) to neigh softly
to laugh quietly; snigger

Word Origin for nicker

C18: perhaps from neigh



noun plural -er

British slang a pound sterling

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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