winkle


1win·kle

noun \ˈwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of WINKLE

Origin of WINKLE

by shortening
First Known Use: 1585

Other Invertebrates (Except Insects) Terms

anemone, cephalopod, quahog

Rhymes with WINKLE

2winkle

verb
win·kledwin·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of WINKLE

intransitive verb
:  twinkle

Origin of WINKLE

frequentative of wink
First Known Use: 1791

3winkle

verb
win·kledwin·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Definition of WINKLE

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