from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Flexible twigs, branches, plant stems, or pieces of synthetic material, used for making baskets or furniture.
  • noun Wickerwork.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To cover or tit with wickers or osiers; inclose in wickerwork.
  • noun A small pliant twig; an osier; a withe.
  • noun Wickerwork in general; hence, an object made of this material, as a basket.
  • noun A twig or branch used as a mark: same as wike.
  • Consisting of wicker; especially, made of plaited twigs or osiers; also, covered with wickerwork: as, a wicker basket; a wicker chair.
  • Made of flexible strips of shaved wood, ratan, or the like: as, wicker furniture; a wicker chair.
  • To twist, from being too tightly drawn. Child's Ballads, Gloss.
  • To twist (a thread) overmuch.
  • See whicker.

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

  • noun A small pliant twig or osier; a rod for making basketwork and the like; a withe.
  • noun Wickerwork; a piece of wickerwork, esp. a basket.
  • noun Prov. Eng. Same as 1st Wike.
  • adjective Made of, or covered with, twigs or osiers, or wickerwork.

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

  • noun A flexible branch or twig of a plant such as willow, used in weaving baskets and furniture
  • noun Wickerwork.
  • adjective Made of wickerwork.

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

  • noun slender flexible branches or twigs (especially of willow or some canes); used for wickerwork
  • noun work made of interlaced slender branches (especially willow branches)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Middle English wiker, of Scandinavian origin; see weik- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Middle English wiker, cognate with Swedish vikker ("willow"), Old Norse veikr ("weak"), English weak



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  • I believe this is the definitive source on things wicker.

    December 3, 2007

  • To neigh or whinny (Hampshire). Also a method of castrating a ram by enclosing his testicle within a slit stick (Gloucestershire). - old provincial usages of the term in England. Cf. whicker.

    May 2, 2011