We learn that this word is onomatopoetic, less noisy than “flacker”. Both have to do with the motion of bird wings, at least in their first meanings.
- 01.071 the firelight flickered –
- 07.094 and the fire flickered about them,
- 08.006 in the little flicker of the flames.
- 09.039 and the flicker of lights.
- 12.029 Flickering fires leaped up
- 13.019 it was tinged with a flickering sparkle
- 14.003 Suddenly it flickered back to view;
- 17.050 and each flickered as it fled as if with stinging fire.
“flicker, v.” OED Online. Oxford University Press, June 2015. Web. 26 July 2015.