Wordsmith.org: the magic of words


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Subscribe

Archives



May 14, 2015
This week’s theme
Words borrowed from Yiddish

This week’s words
shadchan
gunsel
tummler
shicker
heimisch

License Our Material
Not just in email, our daily words appear in various media, from newspapers to digital picture frames. You too can license our material for your newspaper, magazine, website, newsletter, etc.
See details.
Bookmark and Share Facebook Twitter Digg MySpace Bookmark and Share
A.Word.A.Day
with Anu Garg

shicker

PRONUNCIATION:
(SHIK-uhr)

MEANING:
noun: A drunkard; alcoholic liquor.
adjective: Drunk.
verb intr.: To drink or to get drunk.

ETYMOLOGY:
From Yiddish shiker, from Hebrew shikkor, from shakar (to be drunk). Earliest documented use: 1892.

USAGE:
“Do you think I’m shicker?”
“Right now I would say yes. After four drinks, yes.”
Dan Pope; In the Cherry Tree; Picador; 2003.

A THOUGHT FOR TODAY:
Knowing trees, I understand the meaning of patience. Knowing grass, I can appreciate persistence. -Hal Borland, author and journalist (14 May 1900-1978)

A.Word.A.Day by email:

Subscribe

"The most welcomed, most enduring piece of daily mass e-mail in cyberspace."

The New York Times

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 1994-2017 Wordsmith