a slender, pliant twig; osier; withe.
plaited or woven twigs or osiers as the material of baskets, chairs, etc.; wickerwork.
something made of wickerwork, as a basket.


consisting or made of wicker: a wicker chair.
covered with wicker: a wicker jug.

Origin of wicker

1300–50; Middle English < Scandinavian; compare dialectal Swedish vikker willow. See weak
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Historical Examples of wicker

  • It was a large bedroom with high ceilings and wicker furniture.

    The Rock of Chickamauga

    Joseph A. Altsheler

  • They vse also mosse tyed on aboue the clay with some bryer, wicker, or other bands.

  • He sat in his wicker chair before the fire and rocked himself and moaned.

    The Christian

    Hall Caine

  • There were arrows and wicker shields also, and the huge wooden shields of the Egyptians.



  • The wicker armchair was the most substantial thing about her person.

British Dictionary definitions for wicker



a slender flexible twig or shoot, esp of willow
short for wickerwork


made, consisting of, or constructed from wicker

Word Origin for wicker

C14: from Scandinavian; compare Swedish viker, Danish viger willow, Swedish vika to bend
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Word Origin and History for wicker

mid-14c., "wickerwork," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Middle Swedish viker "willow branch") akin to Old Norse vikja "to move, turn," Swedish vika "to bend," and related to Old English wican "to give way, yield" (see weak). The notion is of pliant twigs.

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