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[hwik-er, wik-]Chiefly New England and South Atlantic States.
verb (used without object)
  1. to whinny; neigh.
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  1. a whinny; neigh.
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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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Historical Examples

  • His ears forward, he came up, whickering his own query as to what really was asked of him.

    The Covered Wagon

    Emerson Hough

British Dictionary definitions for whickering


  1. (intr) (of a horse) to whinny or neigh; nicker
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Word Origin

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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