Definition of shicker in English:


(also shikker, shikkered, shickered)


NZ, US, Australian
  • predicative Drunk.

    ‘they got shickered, talked cars and deals’
    • ‘With a couple of drinks, you are shikker, but it will cost a couple of shekels.’
    • ‘If it is unprofessional of him to be there shikkered with a sweet young thing, why not just kind of joke him back into reality?’
    • ‘He goes off every day, and comes in every night after closing time, shikkered up.’
    • ‘Then again i just went and got shikkered instead.’
    • ‘Another friend of mine got pretty shikkered at her own thing last night and I encountered her pretty ill.’
    • ‘Matty only has nine beers tonight and yes, Matty is shickered.’
    • ‘Sounds like a perfect birthday for someone like yourself… and I'd never have the guts to talk with the chef, shickered or not.’
    • ‘Every year on Robbie Burns Night, 25 January, the clans gather to pay homage to both the carousing poet and the humble haggis and to get gloriously shikkered on Glenfiddich whisky.’
    • ‘Last night not much happened but I saw a friend's work at Tomorrow, ate delicious cheesey things that I strongly suspect her mother baked especially for the occasion and got utterly shikkered.’
    • ‘In the list we have before us, some of the synonyms for getting boozed up are unfamiliar: shikkered, woofled, scronched, whipsey, plonked, bowzered and flacked.’
    intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlin
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NZ, US, Australian
  • A drunk.

    ‘they'll think for sure you're a shicker’
    • ‘Unfortunately, the baker in question was apparently something of a shikker, and this is the cake that actually ended up on display at the reception…’
    • ‘This is reinforced by the well-known Yiddish proverb, ‘The shikker [drunk] is a goy.’’
    • ‘That shicker has had too much to drink.’
    • ‘For this album, a tribute to the alleged shikkers of yore, London assembled a superstar ensemble of brass players from the world's top klezmer bands, including members of the Klezmatics, Brave Old World, the Klezmer Conservatory Band, Naftule's Dream and KlezMs.’


  • be (or go) on the shicker

    • informal Be engaged in (or go on) a heavy drinking session.

      ‘he was on the shicker when I was there last week’
      • ‘It's a real pain, to Beryl and the rest of us, when you get on the shicker like this.’
      • ‘He's is on the shicker, but it's no use him turning up in a couple of days all apologetic because he's fired!'’
      • ‘I felt as though I had been on the shicker for three weeks, but I hadn't touched a drop all day.’
      • ‘The person who developed that particular painting must have been on the shicker.’
      • ‘"Come on cobber, let's get on the shicker."’
      • ‘He got on the shicker and shot the ram to prove to her that the ram didn't matter in his life.’


Late 19th century: from Yiddish shiker, from Hebrew šikkōr, from šākar ‘be drunk’.