[hwik-er, wik-]Chiefly New England and South Atlantic States.
- to whinny; neigh.
- a whinny; neigh.
Origin of whicker
1650–60; whick- (compare Old English hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + -er6; akin to German wiehern to neigh
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Examples from the Web for whickering
His ears forward, he came up, whickering his own query as to what really was asked of him.The Covered Wagon
- (intr) (of a horse) to whinny or neigh; nicker
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whickering
1650s, "snigger," imitative (cf. snicker). As imitative of a sound made by a horse, from 1753. As the sound of something beating the air, from 1920. Related: Whickered; whickering.
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