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nicker1

[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
noun
1.
a person or thing that nicks.
Origin of nicker1
1660-1670
1660-70; nick + -er1

nicker2

[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
verb (used without object), noun, Chiefly Midland and Southern U.S.
1.
2.
laugh; snicker.
Origin
1785-95; apparently variant of nicher, neigher, frequentative of neigh; see -er6

nicker3

[nik-er] /ˈnɪk ər/
noun, plural nickerer, nickers for 1.
1.
British Slang. one pound sterling.
2.
Australian, money.
Origin
1905-10; perhaps special use of nicker1
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Historical Examples
  • For the second time Shawnee cried, but this time it was no warrior's protest against death; it was the nicker of a question.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • The Neck, or nicker, has become quite a stranger in England.

  • Some knew it as the nicker tree, but the reason for the name is not known.

    American Forest Trees Henry H. Gibson
  • He called softly, but there came no nicker of response from the pony.

  • As he approached she looked at him over the glowing cigarette; and her eyes seemed to nicker with a strange restlessness.

    The Leopard Woman Stewart Edward White
  • And now, as we pushed along this highway, one and another of them began to nicker, a sure sign that the camp was not far distant.

    With the Indians in the Rockies James Willard Schultz
  • Rambler's nicker of welcome stopped him half-way and held him there, hot with guilt.

    The Uphill Climb B. M. Bower
  • "All right," she acquiesced readily, the nicker of a smile about her lips quickly suppressed.

    The Black Pearl Mrs. Wilson Woodrow
  • Suddenly he heard a nicker at his elbow almost, and looked around.

    Ted Strong in Montana Edward C. Taylor
  • At a later period arose the nicker, the Hawcubite, and the yet more dreaded name of Mohawk.

British Dictionary definitions for nicker

nicker1

/ˈnɪkə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of a horse) to neigh softly
2.
to laugh quietly; snigger
Word Origin
C18: perhaps from neigh

nicker2

/ˈnɪkə/
noun (pl) -er
1.
(Brit, slang) a pound sterling
Word Origin
C20: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for nicker
v.

"to neigh," 1774, of imitative origin (see neigh). Related: Nickered; nickering.

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