Definition of flicker noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈflɪkə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkər//
    [usually singular] flicker (of something)
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  1. 1a light that shines in an unsteady way the flicker of a television/candle
  2. 2a small, sudden movement with part of the body the flicker of an eyelid By not the merest flicker of an eyelid did he betray his interest.
  3. 3a feeling or an emotion that lasts for only a very short time a flicker of hope/doubt/interest A flicker of a smile crossed her face.
  4. Word OriginOld English flicorian, flycerian ‘to flutter’, probably of Germanic origin and related to Low German flickern and Dutch flikkeren.Extra examples ‘He’ll soon be here,‘ she thought, with a flicker of excitement. A flicker of guilt crossed his face. A flicker of movement caught her eye and she turned her head. European stock markets showed barely a flicker of interest in the election result. He saw a flicker of light in the darkness. Her only reaction was a slight flicker of her eyes. I noticed a flicker of a smile on her face. She caught the faintest flicker of amusement on his face. She felt a brief flicker of jealousy. She spoke without a flicker of fear. The brief flicker of a candle flame caught our eyes. The candle gave one last flicker and went out. The police stamped out the last flickers of freedom. The secret police were determined to stamp out the last flickers of academic freedom. The witness stared at the accused but she showed not a flicker of recognition.
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