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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 nicker2

1785–95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6
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Historical Examples

  • Her own nickering complaints of Norah's "glumness" sank into dumb anxiety.

    Life at High Tide


  • I heard the nickering of horses and the jolt of carts as they turned from the bush into the path.

    Prester John

    John Buchan

  • Also there was much cracking of whips and nickering of horses along the line.

    Bred of the Desert

    Marcus Horton

  • They had been restive, backing and jerking and pawing and nickering for their feed-box.

    The Prairie Wife

    Arthur Stringer

  • For the most part he listened mutely, with a nickering, perfunctory smile.

    Grey Roses

    Henry Harland

British Dictionary definitions for nickering


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

C18: perhaps from neigh


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

C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for nickering



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

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