Definition of whicker in English:


Syllabification: whick·er
Pronunciation: /ˈ(h)wikər


[no object]
1Utter a half-suppressed laugh; snigger; titter: a half-loony whicker of nerves
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  • Even Buck shed his annoyance and whickered his concern.
  • The fourth horse in, Rocky, a middle-aged blood bay, whickered his greeting.
1.1(Of a horse) give a soft breathy whinny: the palomino whickered when she saw him and stamped her foreleg
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  • The horse whickered gently under his breath and Lon smiled.
  • She heard horses whickering softly in a nearby stable, owned by Master and Mistress Kaelseen, if she remembered correctly.
  • The horse whickered at Tomias, nudging him gently.
2Move with a sound as of something hurtling through or beating the air: the soft whicker of the wind flowing through the July corn


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1A snigger; a soft, breathy whinny.
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  • His horse grazed contentedly in the small paddock fenced with rough hewn branches, but Gregory ignored the animal's expectant whicker.
  • All the furniture in the sunroom was white whicker with pink satin cushions.
2The sound of something beating the air.


mid 17th century (in the sense 'to snigger, titter'): imitative.

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