Sunday saw a feast of NBA action with the Chicago Bulls toppling the Heat and a flicker of Linsanity down in Houston.
And suddenly, he was a stranger, a man who looked at me blankly from his hospital bed, no flicker of recognition.
I was beginning to perspire; for the first time, I felt a flicker of anxiety.
Old English flicorian "to flutter, flap quickly and lightly," originally of birds. Onomatopoeic and suggestive of quick motion. Sense of "shine with a wavering light" is c.1600, but not common till 19c. Related: Flickered; flickering.
1849, "wavering, unsteady light or flame;" 1857 as "a flickering," from flicker (v.).
[1920s+; fr the flickering of early movie images]