1Australian, New Zealand informal, dated A worthless thing or person, especially a swindler.swindler, charlatan, mountebank, confidence trickster, fraud, fraudster, impostor, trickster, racketeer, hoaxer, sharper, rogue, villain, scoundrel
- 1.1Mining An unproductive claim or mine.‘The unsuccessful diggers would declare their holes blanks, duffers, or shicers, and dedicate them to the Queen.’
- ‘To keep friends with such a cast of mind, whose motto is Nelson's, you must do your duty; never mind if you sink a shicer, bottom your shaft any how.’
- ‘I think the practical miner, who had been hard at work night and day, for the last four or six months, and, after all, had just bottomed a shicer, objected to the tax itself, because he could not possibly afford to pay it.’
- 1.1Mining An unproductive claim or mine.
Mid 19th century from German Scheisser ‘contemptible person’.
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