from The Century Dictionary.

  • Wavering; unsteady.
  • noun The act of flickering or fluttering; a wavering or fluctuating gleam, as of a candle; a flutter.
  • noun Specifically, in psychology, an unstable visual perception, occasioned by the intermittence or intensive fluctuation of stimuli.
  • noun The popular name of the golden-winged woodpecker, Colaptes auratus, a very common and handsome woodpecker of the United States, and of other species of the same genus, as the Mexican or red-shafted flicker, C. mexicanus, or the gilded flicker, C. chrysoides.
  • To flutter, as a bird; vibrate the wings rapidly.
  • To fluctuate or waver, as the light of a torch in the wind; undergo rapid and irregular changes.
  • To scintillate; sparkle.
  • To act lovingly; bestow caresses.
  • Synonyms Glimmer, Gleam, etc. See glare, intransitive verb

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • intransitive verb To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.
  • intransitive verb To waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air, or when about to expire.
  • noun The act of wavering or of fluttering; fluctuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness.
  • noun (Zoöl.) The golden-winged woodpecker (Colaptes aurutus); -- so called from its spring note. Called also yellow-hammer, high-holder, pigeon woodpecker, and yucca.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun US A certain type of small woodpecker, especially of the genus Colaptes
  • noun An unsteady flash of light.
  • noun A short moment.
  • verb intransitive To burn or shine unsteadily. To burn or shine with a wavering light.
  • verb intransitive To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun North American woodpecker
  • verb flash intermittently
  • verb move back and forth very rapidly
  • noun the act of moving back and forth
  • noun a momentary flash of light
  • verb shine unsteadily


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1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.

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From Middle English flikeren ("to flutter"), from Old English flicerian, flicorian ("to flutter"). Akin to Dutch flikkeren ("to flutter").


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