flick·​er·​ing | \ ˈfli-k(ə-)riŋ How to pronounce flickering (audio) \

Definition of flickering

: moving or shining irregularly or unsteadily a flickering light Everything was lit by dingy fluorescent bulbs, half of which were broken or flickering.— Brian Selznick also : uncertain and feeble … he seems to have had only a flickering awareness of what he was doing … — Robert Penn Warren And some of the exclamation marks and the nostalgia for degradation revive flickering thoughts of Celine. — Herbert Gold The doctors said they couldn't stop the support measures needed to sustain so flickering a life without a court order. — Arthur Allen

Other Words from flickering

flickeringly adverb
a flickeringly lit room

First Known Use of flickering

circa 1544, in the meaning defined above

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“Flickering.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/flickering. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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