smicker

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Middle English smiker, from Old English smicer, smicor ‎(beauteous, beautiful, elegant, fair, fine, neat, tasteful), from Proto-Germanic *smikraz ‎(fine, elegant, delicate, tender), from Proto-Indo-European *smēyg- ‎(small, delicate), from Proto-Indo-European *smē-, *smey- ‎(to smear, stroke, wipe, rub). Cognate with Middle High German smecker ‎(neat, elegant), Ancient Greek σμικρός ‎(smikrós), μικρός ‎(mikrós, small, short), Lithuanian smeigti ‎(to lunge, thrust, jab), Latin mīca ‎(crumb, morsel, bit).

For the verb, compare Scots , Swedish smickra ‎(to flatter, coax, wheedle, butter up), Danish smigre ‎(to flatter).

Adjective[edit]

smicker ‎(comparative more smicker, superlative most smicker)

  1. Elegant; fine; gay.
    No, his deep-reaching spirit could not brook The fond addiction to such vanity; Regardful of his honour he forsook The smicker use of court-humanity. — John Ford.
  2. Amorous; wanton.
  3. Spruce; smart.
    A smicker boy, a lither swain, Heigh ho, a smicker swain, That his love was wanton fain, [...] — Lodge.

Verb[edit]

smicker ‎(third-person singular simple present smickers, present participle smickering, simple past and past participle smickered)

  1. (intransitive) To look amorously or wantonly;

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