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[hwik-er, wik-] /ˈʰwɪk ər, ˈwɪk-/ Chiefly New England and South Atlantic States.
verb (used without object)
to whinny; neigh.
a whinny; neigh.
Origin of whicker
1650-60; whick- (compare Old English hwicung squeaking, said of mice) + -er6; akin to German wiehern to neigh Unabridged
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  • If everything goes by the board, you won't hear a whicker out of me.

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  • Suddenly through the intense silence, he heard the whicker of a horse.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • "Thanks" replied the gentleman and he sat down on the edge of a whicker chair.

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British Dictionary definitions for whicker


(intransitive) (of a horse) to whinny or neigh; nicker
Word Origin
C17: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for whicker

1650s, "snigger," imitative (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.

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