- 1[intransitive] (of a light or a flame) to keep going on and off as it shines or burns The lights flickered and went out. the flickering screen of the television
- 2[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of an emotion, a thought, etc.) to be expressed or appear somewhere for a short time Anger flickered in his eyes. A smile flickered across her face.
- 3[intransitive] to move with small quick movements Her eyelids flickered as she slept. Word Origin Old English flicorian, flycerian ‘to flutter’, probably of Germanic origin and related to Low German flickern and Dutch flikkeren.Extra examples Her eyes flickered nervously in anticipation. His gaze flickered over her. Kate’s eyes flickered open. The lights flickered on and off. The television screen flickered into life. Black and white images were flickering on the screen. The candle flickered and went out. The lights flickered on the other side of the room.
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they flicker
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkər//he / she / it flickers
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkərz//past simple flickered
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkərd//past participle flickered
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkərd//-ing form flickering
BrE BrE//ˈflɪkərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈflɪkərɪŋ//