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

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


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noun (1)

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


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noun (2)

plural nickers
British slang

Examples of nicker in a Sentence

Verb horses nickering in the barn
Recent Examples on the Web
Waffles, patient and unbothered as onlookers walked around and stopped to gaze, nickered as another horse on the other side of the massive stalls whinnied. James Hartley, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 26 Jan. 2024

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Word History



perhaps alteration of neigh

Noun (2)

perhaps from nicker one that nicks

First Known Use


circa 1617, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

circa 1791, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1871, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nicker was circa 1617

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Cite this Entry

“Nicker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


nickered; nickering
nicker noun
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