- A flicker is defined as a tiny movement of light, or an expression of emotion that comes and goes quickly.
- The flame of a candle that is bright and then weaker is an example of the flicker of the candle.
- When an evil person feels kindness just for a second, this is an example of a flicker of kindness.
- The definition of flicker is to burn or shine in an unsteady way, or to flare up and die down, appear briefly or flutter rapidly.
- When the flame of a candle is alternatively bright and then less bright this is an example of when a candle flickers.
- When emotion comes to your face for just a moment but then goes away, this is an example of flicker.
- When a light is running out of electricity but blinks off and on, this is an example of when the light flickers.
- to flap the wings rapidly, as in hovering; flutter: said of a bird
- to move with a quick, light, wavering motion
- to burn or shine unsteadily, as a candle in the wind
Origin of flickerMiddle English flikeren ; from Old English flicorian, akin to flacor, flying, Old Norse flǫkta, to flutter: for Indo-European base see flaw
- an act or instance of flickering
- a dart of flame or light, as in a flickering fire
- a look or feeling that comes and goes quickly: a flicker of fear crossed his face
- any of various visual effects, as a fluctuation in brightness on a video screen or in the clarity of the image being projected on a film screen
Origin of flickerechoic of its cry
verbflick·ered, flick·er·ing, flick·ers
- To move waveringly; flutter: shadows flickering on the wall.
- a. To burn or shine unsteadily or fitfully: The candle flickered before sputtering out.b. To be displayed with fluctuating brightness: A movie flickered on the screen.
- To appear briefly: A smile flickered on her face.
- A brief movement; a tremor.
- An inconstant or wavering light.
- A brief or slight sensation: a flicker of doubt.
Origin of flickerMiddle English flikeren, to flutter, from Old English flicerian.
Origin of flickerPerhaps from flick1.
(third-person singular simple present flickers, present participle flickering, simple past and past participle flickered)
From Middle English flikeren (“to flutter”), from Old English flicerian, flicorian (“to flutter”). Akin to Dutch flikkeren (“to flutter”).
1808, American English, probably echoic of the bird's call, or from the white spotted plumage which appears to flicker.
- One who flicks.
flick + -er