• (British) IPA: /ˈflɪkə/
  • (America) IPA: /ˈflɪkɚ/


  1. An unsteady flash of light.
    the flicker of the dying candle
    the flicker of a poorly tuned television set
  2. A short moment.
Translations Translations
  • Italian: fremito
  • Russian: мгнове́ние

flicker (flickers, present participle flickering; past and past participle flickered)

  1. (intransitive) To burn or shine unsteadily, or with a wavering light.
    • ?, Alfred Tennyson, The Death of the Old Year
      The shadows flicker to and fro.
    • 1907, Robert William Chambers, chapter III, in The Younger Set, New York, N.Y.: D. Appleton & Company, OCLC 24962326 ↗:
      Long after his cigar burnt bitter, he sat with eyes fixed on the blaze. When the flames at last began to flicker and subside, his lids fluttered, then drooped; but he had lost all reckoning of time when he opened them again to find Miss Erroll in furs and ball-gown kneeling on the hearth and heaping kindling on the coals, […].
  2. (intransitive) To keep going on and off; to appear and disappear for short moments; to flutter.
    • 1898, J. Meade Falkner, Moonfleet, Ch.3:
      There I lay on one side with a thin and rotten plank between the dead man and me, dazed with the blow to my head, and breathing hard; while the glow of torches as they came down the passage reddened and flickered on the roof above.
    • 1908, Kenneth Grahame, The Wind in the Willows
      The ruddy brick floor smiled up at the smoky ceiling; the oaken settles, shiny with long wear, exchanged cheerful glances with each other; plates on the dresser grinned at pots on the shelf, and the merry firelight flickered and played over everything without distinction.
    • 1915, T.S. Eliot, "The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock":
      I have seen the moment of my greatness flicker ...
  3. To flutter; to flap the wings without flying.
    • And flickering on her nest made short essays to sing.
Translations Translations 1808, American English, probably onomatopoeic en of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker. Noun

flicker (plural flickers)

  1. (US) Any of certain small woodpeckers, especially of the genus Colaptes.
  • German: Goldspecht
  • Russian: дя́тел

flicker (plural flickers)

  1. One who flicks.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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