One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
adjectiveAustralian, US, NZ
predicative Drunk.‘they got shickered, talked cars and deals’
intoxicated, inebriated, drunken, befuddled, incapable, tipsy, the worse for drink, under the influence, maudlinView synonyms
- ‘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?’
- ‘With a couple of drinks, you are shikker, but it will cost a couple of shekels.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Sounds like a perfect birthday for someone like yourself… and I'd never have the guts to talk with the chef, shickered or not.’
- ‘Matty only has nine beers tonight and yes, Matty is shickered.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘Another friend of mine got pretty shikkered at her own thing last night and I encountered her pretty ill.’
- ‘He goes off every day, and comes in every night after closing time, shikkered up.’
- ‘Then again i just went and got shikkered instead.’
- ‘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.’
nounNZ, US, Australian
- ‘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.’
- ‘This is reinforced by the well-known Yiddish proverb, ‘The shikker [drunk] is a goy.’’
- ‘That shicker has had too much to drink.’
- ‘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…’
Late 19th century: from Yiddish shiker, from Hebrew šikkōr, from šākar ‘be drunk’.
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