nick·​er | \ ˈni-kər How to pronounce nicker (audio) \
nickered; nickering\ ˈni-​k(ə-​)riŋ How to pronounce nickering (audio) \; nickers

Definition of nicker

 (Entry 1 of 3)

intransitive verb

: neigh, whinny … he nickers and whinnies when I show up in the morning and comes at a trot when I call him in from the pasture …— Jane Smiley


noun (1)
plural nickers

Definition of nicker (Entry 2 of 3)

: the cry of a horse : whinny, neigh … a chorus of nickers arises from the throats of the Family Horses.— Maxine Kumin


noun (2)
plural nickers

Definition of nicker (Entry 3 of 3)

slang, British

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Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of nicker in a Sentence

Verb horses nickering in the barn

First Known Use of nicker


circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1791, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1871, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for nicker


perhaps alteration of neigh

Noun (2)

perhaps from nicker one that nicks

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The first known use of nicker was circa 1617

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“Nicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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nick·​er | \ ˈnik-ər How to pronounce nicker (audio) \
nickered; nickering

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