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)


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)



Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • 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