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winkle

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noun win·kle \ˈwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of winkle



Origin of winkle

by shortening


First Known Use: 1585

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winkle

verb win·kle

Definition of winkle

winkledwinkling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. :  twinkle



Origin of winkle

frequentative of wink


First Known Use: 1791


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winkle

verb win·kle

Definition of winkle

winkledwinkling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 chiefly British :  to displace, remove, or evict from a position —usually used with out

  3. 2 chiefly British :  to obtain or draw out by effort —usually used with out <no attempt to winkle out why they do it — Joan Bakewell>



Origin of winkle

1winkle; from the process of extracting a winkle from its shell


First Known Use: 1918



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