What does flicker mean?

Definitions for flicker
ˈflɪk ərflick·er

This dictionary definitions page includes all the possible meanings, example usage and translations of the word flicker.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. flicker, spark, glintnoun

    a momentary flash of light

  2. flickernoun

    North American woodpecker

  3. waver, flutter, flickerverb

    the act of moving back and forth

  4. flicker, waver, flitter, flutter, quiververb

    move back and forth very rapidly

    "the candle flickered"

  5. flicker, flickverb

    shine unsteadily

    "The candle flickered"

  6. flicker, flickverb

    flash intermittently

    "The lights flicked on and off"

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To Flickerverb

    To flutter; to play the wings; to have a fluttering motion.

    Etymology: fligheren, Dutch; fliccerian, Saxon.

    Under th’ allowance of your grand aspect,
    Whose influence, like the wreath of radiant fire,
    On flickering Phœbus’ front. William Shakespeare, King Lear.

    ’Twas ebbing darkness, past the mid’ of night,
    And Phospher, on the confines of the light,
    Promis’d the sun, ere day began to spring;
    The tuneful lark already stretch’d her wing,
    And flick’ring on her nest, made short essays to sing. Dry.

    At all her stretch her little wings she spread,
    And with her feather’d arms embrac’d the dead;
    Then flickering to his pallid lips, she strove
    To print a kiss, the last essay of love. Dryden.


  1. Flicker

    Flicker is a song recorded by American electronic music producer Porter Robinson. It was released on July 28, 2014 as the fourth single from his debut studio album Worlds (2014). Robinson wrote, produced, and performed the track. Musically, the song contains elements of disco and hip-hop, as well as sampling of soul music. Vocally, the song contains a text-to-speech voice incorrectly translating "never seen" Japanese song titles that have been chopped and screwed in a rap-like style. An official music video for the single premiered on August 14, 2014, and involves footage of Japan filtered with effects including those of 8-bit video games. The song was well-received from critics, and was a hit on the American Dance/Electronic Songs chart.


  1. flicker

    Flicker is a brief and irregular fluctuation or change in an image, light, or intensity typically due to rapid variations in supply voltage or frequency. It can also refer to a fleeting movement or momentary sensation. Additionally, it is used to describe a type of small bird in the woodpecker family.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Flickerverb

    to flutter; to flap the wings without flying

  2. Flickerverb

    to waver unsteadily, like a flame in a current of air, or when about to expire; as, the flickering light

  3. Flickernoun

    the act of wavering or of fluttering; flucuation; sudden and brief increase of brightness; as, the last flicker of the dying flame

  4. Flickernoun

    the golden-winged woodpecker (Colaptes aurutus); -- so called from its spring note. Called also yellow-hammer, high-holder, pigeon woodpecker, and yucca

  5. Etymology: [OE. flikeren, flekeren, to flutter, AS. flicerian, flicorian, cf. D. flikkeren to sparkle. 84. Cf. Flacker.]


  1. Flicker

    Flicker is the third album by Canadian futurepop/synthpop music project Ayria, released in 2005. A deluxe edition featured a bonus disc and an extra cardboard box to store the album in.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Flicker

    flik′ėr, v.i. to flutter and move the wings, as a bird: to burn unsteadily, as a flame.—n. an act of flickering, a flickering movement.—v.i. Flicht′er, (Scot.), to flutter, quiver.—adv. Flick′eringly. [A.S. flicorian; imit.]

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Flicker is ranked #32792 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Flicker surname appeared 700 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Flicker.

    95.4% or 668 total occurrences were White.
    2.4% or 17 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    0.7% or 5 total occurrences were Asian.
    0.7% or 5 total occurrences were of two or more races.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of flicker in Chaldean Numerology is: 6

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of flicker in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of flicker in a Sentence

  1. David Yepsen:

    Each has got some image issue they need to fix, can Trump start acting more presidential without losing what makes him so appealing?  Can Jeb continue the flicker of momentum he has coming out of New Hampshire? Have Rubio’s bruises healed?  Can Carson show something that puts a spark back into his campaign?  Has Kasich got more than his New Hampshire game?

  2. Dave Rubin:

    If you have any flicker of independent thought, if you have any desire to use your faculties to live in a way that is right for you and not to be under complete draconian, authoritarian rule by this administration and the Democrats, who are coming for every single one of our freedoms, they want you to wear masks forever, they want to be locked down forever, they want to control what you say and where you say it and who you say it to -- well, you're running out of time. And you're basically a frog in a slowly boiling pot. It's time to stand up and fight.

  3. Robert Nightingale:

    It all happened like slow motion. It started to rock and, and rock, and then flicker, and then it just all of a sudden -- all this dust was through my window.

  4. Dejan Stojanovic:

    Life is only a flicker of melted ice.

  5. Joshua Warren:

    That shouldn’t happen unless there is some kind of unknown technology being tested nearby that would influence the environment, or if there are naturally places around planet earth that actually sort of flicker once in a while, that warp a little bit.

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Translations for flicker

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  • блещукане, мъждукам, проблясвам, трепкам, блещукам, мъждуканеBulgarian
  • Flimmern, Goldspecht, FlackernGerman
  • titilar, parpadear, parpadeoSpanish
  • ñirñirBasque
  • lepatus, väristä, välkkyä, lepattaaFinnish
  • scintillerFrench
  • ամերիկյան փայտփորիկ, նշույլArmenian
  • fremito, tremolare, tremolio, guizzare, sfarfallare, guizzoItalian
  • 揺らめくJapanese
  • angaluppoq, anorliorpoqKalaallisut, Greenlandic
  • 깜박임Korean
  • pūrēhua, teretereMāori
  • błysk, dzięcioł, migotać, migaćPolish
  • lampejoPortuguese
  • licărire, pâlpâi, licăr, licări, sclipire, scânteiere, clipăRomanian
  • мерцание, дятел, мигать, мгновение, мерцать, вспышкаRussian
  • glimta, flimmer, glimt, flimraSwedish

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