intransitive verb (whickered; whickering) Etymology: imitative Date: 1753 neigh, whinnywhicker noun

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  • whicker — (v.) 1650s, snigger, imitative (Cf. SNICKER (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 …   Etymology dictionary

  • whicker — [hwik′ər, wik′ər] vi. [echoic] 1. to utter a partly stifled laugh; snicker; titter 2. to neigh or whinny …   English World dictionary

  • whicker — /hwik euhr, wik /, Chiefly New Eng. and South Atlantic States. v.i. 1. to whinny; neigh. n. 2. a whinny; neigh. [1650 60; whick (cf. OE hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + ER6; akin to G wiehern to neigh] * * * …   Universalium

  • whicker — 1. noun /ˈwɪkə,ˈwɪkɚ/ The soft neigh made by a horse. 2. verb /ˈwɪkə,ˈwɪkɚ/ Of a horse, to neigh softly, to make a breathy whinny …   Wiktionary

  • whicker — wicker …   American English homophones

  • whicker — verb (of a horse) give a soft breathy whinny. noun a sound of this type. Origin C17 (in the sense to snigger, titter ): imitative …   English new terms dictionary

  • whicker — whick·er …   English syllables

  • whicker — whick•er [[t]ˈ(h)wɪk ər, ˈwɪk [/t]] v. i. Chiefly New Eng. and South Atlantic States. 1) dial. to whinny; neigh 2) dial. a whinny; neigh • Etymology: 1650–60; whick (cf. OE hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + er VI …   From formal English to slang

  • whicker — /ˈwɪkə/ (say wikuh) verb (i) (of a horse) to neigh or whinny. {early Modern English, Old English *hwican (in hwicung squeaking) + er6, related to German wiehern neigh} …   Australian English dictionary

  • whicker —   v.i. whinny, neigh …   Dictionary of difficult words

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