Definitions

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

  • n. A flexible plant branch or twig, as of a willow, used in weaving baskets or furniture.
  • n. Wickerwork.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A flexible branch or twig of a plant such as willow, used in weaving baskets and furniture
  • n. Wickerwork.
  • adj. Made of wickerwork.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of, or covered with, twigs or osiers, or wickerwork.
  • n. A small pliant twig or osier; a rod for making basketwork and the like; a withe.
  • n. Wickerwork; a piece of wickerwork, esp. a basket.
  • n. Same as 1st Wike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See whicker.
  • n. A small pliant twig; an osier; a withe.
  • n. Wickerwork in general; hence, an object made of this material, as a basket.
  • n. A twig or branch used as a mark: same as wike.
  • Consisting of wicker; especially, made of plaited twigs or osiers; also, covered with wickerwork: as, a wicker basket; a wicker chair.
  • Made of flexible strips of shaved wood, ratan, or the like: as, wicker furniture; a wicker chair.
  • To cover or tit with wickers or osiers; inclose in wickerwork.
  • To twist, from being too tightly drawn. Child's Ballads, Gloss.
  • To twist (a thread) overmuch.

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

  • n. slender flexible branches or twigs (especially of willow or some canes); used for wickerwork
  • n. work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)

Etymologies

Middle English wiker, of Scandinavian origin; see weik-2 in Indo-European roots.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Middle English wiker, cognate with Swedish vikker ("willow"), Old Norse veikr ("weak"), English weak (Wiktionary)

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  • To neigh or whinny (Hampshire). Also a method of castrating a ram by enclosing his testicle within a slit stick (Gloucestershire). - old provincial usages of the term in England. Cf. whicker.


    May 2, 2011

  • I believe this is the definitive source on things wicker.

    December 3, 2007