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blinker

noun blink·er \ ˈbliŋ-kər \
|Updated on: 16 Jun 2018

Definition of blinker

1 : one that blinks; especially : a light that flashes off and on as a warning or a signal
2 a : blinder 1
b : a cloth hood with shades projecting at the sides of the eye openings used on skittish racehorses usually used in plural
3 blinkers plural : blinder 2

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First Known Use of blinker

1637

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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blinker

verb

Definition of blinker

blinkered; blinkering; blinkers
: to put blinders on

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First Known Use of blinker

1823

in the meaning defined above

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BLINKER Defined for English Language Learners

blinker

Definition of blinker for English Language Learners

  • blinkers : leather pieces that are placed on either side of a horse's head next to its eyes


BLINKER Defined for Kids

blinker

noun blink·er \ ˈbliŋ-kər \

Definition of blinker for Students

: a light that blinks to indicate that a vehicle will be turning


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