flicker Definition

  • 1to burn or shine unsteadily or intermittently
  • 2to appear briefly
  • 3to move quickly and lightly

Using flicker: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "flicker" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The candle flickered in the wind.

  • Example

    The TV screen flickered for a moment before going black.

  • Example

    A smile flickered across her face.

  • Example

    The fireflies flickered in the dark.

  • Example

    The light flickered on and off.

flicker Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for flicker

Phrases with flicker

  • a small sign of hope or possibility


    There was a flicker of hope that the missing hiker would be found alive.

  • to gradually disappear or come to an end


    The campfire flickered out as the night wore on.

  • to pass through one's mind quickly


    The thought flickered through his mind, but he quickly dismissed it.

Origins of flicker

from Old English 'flicorian', meaning 'to flutter'


Summary: flicker in Brief

The verb 'flicker' [ˈflɪkər] describes unsteady or intermittent burning or shining, brief appearances, and quick, light movements. It can refer to a candle, TV screen, smile, fireflies, or light. Phrases like 'flicker of hope' and 'flicker out' add nuance, while 'flicker through' denotes a passing thought.