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Etymology 1Edit


nicker (plural nicker)

  1. (Britain, slang) Pound sterling.
    This coat cost me 50 nicker.

Etymology 2Edit

Imitative; from 1774.


nicker (plural nickers)

  1. A soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
  2. A snigger or suppressed laugh.


nicker (third-person singular simple present nickers, present participle nickering, simple past and past participle nickered)

  1. To make a soft neighing sound characteristic of a horse.
    • 1971, Lin Carter, The Quest of Kadji, 1999, Wildside Press, page 187,
      Behind him, old Akthoob was grumbling loudly, saying something about the midday meal, and Haral, the black Feridoon pony, snuffing in the old, familiar scent of the green meadows of the Chaya's banks, the warm sweet smells of home, was nickering eagerly.
    • 1988, William Nack, Secretariat: The Making of a Champion, 2002, Da Capo Press, page 58,
      "Nasrullah's nickerin’, Mr. Arthur. Somethin's wrong."
      "Hell, he's nickered before. He nickers all the time!"
      Robinson and Snow looked at each other, saying nothing for a moment, and finally Snow told Hancock that Nasrullah never nickered in the paddock.
    • 2012, Jim Campbell, Bobcat, Xlibris, page 21,
      After a few minutes, the mare walked over and nickered loudly in his ear, and he immediately got to his feet and stripped the gear from the waiting horse.
  2. To produce a snigger or suppressed laugh.

Etymology 3Edit

nick +‎ -er


nicker (plural nickers)

  1. (obsolete, slang) One of the night brawlers of London formerly noted for breaking windows with halfpence.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Arbuthnot to this entry?)
  2. The cutting lip which projects downward at the edge of a boring bit and cuts a circular groove in the wood to limit the size of the hole that is bored.
  3. (informal) Someone who nicks (steals) something, a thief.
    • 1934, Eddie Browne, Road Pirate: The Confessions of a Motor Bandit (page 141)
      He [] was far more interested in the fact that I was a car thief and an expert driver than that I was a bandit. [] Car nicker, are you?