One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
(of a horse) give a soft, low, breathy whinny.
- ‘Suddenly, a bright flash of blue illuminated the stable house and the horses were nickering and neighing.’
- ‘The horse nickered softly when he came to a halt.’
- ‘The colt nickered at her, deep almond coloured eyes blinking innocently.’
- ‘The horses in the paddocks were whinnying and nickering, and our mares called out in response.’
- ‘They were both scratching more noses as the two horses nickered and shook their heads in enjoyment.’
- ‘She glanced over at Daisy as her former mare nickered to her.’
- ‘As he approached, he tossed his head, nickering loudly.’
- ‘The mare nickered consolingly, blowing warm air over her troubled companion.’
- ‘She nuzzled me again, nickering softly at me and I smiled.’
- ‘Kathryn wrapped her arms around the large head again and he stood happily, nickering lightly.’
- ‘The two horses nickered and danced about, ready to be let loose upon the trading roads between the provinces.’
- ‘Lexis, DC, and a few other horses nickered to me when I entered the barn.’
- ‘Her horse nickered lightly, the lips moving silently.’
- ‘A horse nickered, and the man knew his army had arrived.’
- ‘The filly's head whirled around and she nickered softly before fumbling toward me, nudging my palm as I held my hand out.’
- ‘The gelding shook his thick, flaxen mane and nickered at his master.’
- ‘In response, the mare nickered softly, gently leaning into the swirling motions of the brush, eyes closed in a horse-like state of ecstasy.’
- ‘The black horse nickered happily as she stroked the side of his face.’
- ‘When they arrived at the stall the little cream filly nickered.’
- ‘His horse nickered as he approached and Gregory lifted the girl up to straddle the seat.’
A nickering sound.
- ‘He had a low-pitched nicker that touched my heart.’
- ‘She gave a little nicker and pranced playfully back and forth in front of us.’
- ‘Adam heard a familiar nicker, and turned his head a little further.’
- ‘‘Hey girl,’ he said, and despite his pain, he smiled at her nicker.’
- ‘Meadow lifted his head weakly, and managed a nicker of recognition to Robyn's mother.’
- ‘Eagle gave a light nicker and slowed again, eyes flickering as the small train of Kathryn's gown flickered up in the breeze.’
- ‘She was hurrying to saddle her horse when a familiar nicker from a stall father in the stable floated to her ears.’
- ‘The horse made a small nicker, turning to his owner's face.’
- ‘I leaned against Lily's saddle with a yawn and she glanced back at me before letting out a soft nicker and nipping at me.’
- ‘Instantly, there was a nicker from inside the stall.’
- ‘She was met by a series of nickers as she slid open the door.’
- ‘As she passed through the first row of stalls, she was greeted with many soft nickers that went ignored in her small amount of haste to find the Captain of the Guard.’
- ‘A faint nicker was given, and the mare circled in her stall, eager to be out.’
- ‘She gave him a low nicker as if to say I'm sorry but my work is more important, and Ms. Satin grabbed onto her mane and pulled her self onto Patch's back.’
- ‘He returned the sound with a nicker of his own and pressed eagerly against the door of his stall.’
- ‘A horse's startled nicker made him freeze and look up.’
- ‘She stood before the wide-open doors to the stable, eying a chestnut steed that had greeted her with a short nicker.’
- ‘There came a second nicker, only this time it was in front of him.’
- ‘And there at the back in a stall looking bored is Shadowfax, who greets us with a nicker.’
- ‘At last she gave her familiar nicker and stepped closer so he could gently rub her neck.’
Late 16th century: imitative.
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Early 20th century: of unknown origin.
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