Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To whinny.
  • n. A whinny.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The soft neigh made by a horse.
  • v. Of a horse, to neigh softly, to make a breathy whinny.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To neigh; whinny; bleat.
  • To giggle; snigger.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. make a characteristic sound, of a horse
  • n. the characteristic sounds made by a horse

Etymologies

Imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • Mike's face is exactly like the terrier in the old picture, and he sits up and gives his paw just like Bonneau, and I never saw him have any instruction; and as for voice, I wish you could hear Bonfire's "whicker" to me in the stable or elsewhere.

    In Flanders Fields and Other Poems

  • I wish you could hear Bonfire's "whicker" to me in the stable or elsewhere.

    In Flanders Fields and Other Poems

  • It snorted loudly, then its sides heaved in a questioning whicker.

    Western Man

  • She was irrationally pleased when Sunset greeted her with a friendly whicker and trotted up to her before she presented him with the apple.

    red dust

  • Beyond the sound of bird song rose the whicker of a horse.

    Virginity

  • It was a devils 'anthem, glorifying hellishness -- suggestive of the gnashing of a million teeth, and the whicker of drawn blades -- more shuddersome and mean than the wind of a winter's night.

    In The Time Of Light

  • In which case, its either one hull and a pretense to air-cover or no royal navy air cover at all. criss whicker

    John Terry’s sacking as England captain tells us something interesting...

  • My dreams for the future involve teaching in Florence and riding my bicycle with Simon the kitten riding in its whicker basket.

    Archive 2008-06-01

  • Eric patted her gently on the gas-tank, and heard a ghostly whicker of amusement inside his mind.

    Beyond World's End

  • When he woke, it was to a cheerful whicker outside his window and a: Come on, lazy one, you can't lie abed forever!

    Brightly Burning

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  • v. neigh; bleat; snigger, titter

    Albright tossed all night and moaned and whinkered – a verb she made up herself out of 'whinny' and 'whicker' – and in the morning his temperature had not gone down.
    —James Thurber, 1952, 'Daguerreotype of a Lady', in The Thurber Album

    July 10, 2008

  • "The naked blade, pale silver in the day's hazy light, whickered through the air again, and this time it went where it was supposed to go. Eddings sank to his knees, hands between his legs."
    - 'The Dark Half', Stephen King.

    December 31, 2007