One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a horse) give a soft breathy whinny.‘the foal nichered’
whinny, bray, nicker, snicker, whickerView synonyms
- ‘A horse, or something in its shape, rose from among the reeds and nichered.’
- ‘The horses in the Stable at the further side of the Farm Stead nichered with patriotic applause.’
- ‘The horse nichered wi' fear and tried to wheel.’
- ‘He's an auld horse that winna nicher when he sees corn.’
- ‘Lord Randal's steed he nicher'd loud.’
A soft whinnying sound.‘the beast gave a low nicher of welcome’
- ‘He desired that the people of Scotland should be relieved of the Pom Sillar, threatening, if refused, that his horse should give three nichers!’
- ‘She trotted up behind her and gave a soft nicher.’
- ‘She gied a queer nicher and a paw wi' her fore foot, and bolted into the water.’
- ‘Jack replies with that sort of noise which in a man would be called a chuckle, but which in his is called a nicher.’
- ‘The nicher o' a horse drew our attention.’
Late 17th century: imitative.
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