blink·​er | \ ˈbliŋ-kər How to pronounce blinker (audio) \

Definition of blinker

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : one that blinks especially : a light that flashes off and on as a warning or a signal
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 sense 2


blinkered; blinkering; blinkers

Definition of blinker (Entry 2 of 2)

Examples of blinker in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Trainer Todd Pletcher adds blinkers, so look for this colt to be prominent from the start., "Clancy’s Call of the Belmont Stakes," 7 June 2019 Ken McPeek adds blinkers and Brian Hernandez Jr. picks up the mount. Mike Battaglia, The Courier-Journal, "Oddsmaker Mike Battaglia's free expert picks for Thursday at Churchill Downs," 6 June 2018 Dezeen Wear Space is, for lack of a better description, like equine blinkers for humans. Liz Stinson, Curbed, "Panasonic designed human blinders to block out open-plan office distraction," 18 Oct. 2018 But others, according to the Statesman, were arrested for offenses such as failure to use a blinker while changing lanes or for having an obscured license plate. Matthew Martinez, star-telegram, "'Zero tolerance' arrests put 13 in ICE custody, 'had nothing to do with immigration,' Texas sheriff says," 3 July 2018 The dual-element LCD instrument panel monitors gas levels, trip distance, and engine output; unlike nearly every motorcycle until the last year or so, automatically turns off blinkers. Fortune, "Is the Bigger, Beefier Ducati Scrambler 1100 the One for You?," 27 June 2018 Today, many blinkers are computer-controlled and the clicking sound comes from the speakers. Bob Weber,, "Buick blinkers: Why so loud, and can they be hushed?," 30 Sep. 2017 After hitting the bird, the driver of the van pulled over and turned on their emergency blinkers. Janice Gary, Longreads, "Bang and Vanish," 18 Apr. 2018 It's got blinkers, brake lights, seat belts, insurance. Melinda Morris,, "Have you seen the boat car cruising around town?," 23 Mar. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Deep time makes a mockery of the plantations’ blinkered order; under the ancient canopy, the master’s stride falters and the voices of African hunters and Amerindian priests resound from the depths of unrecorded millenniums. New York Times, "Fleeing a Caribbean Plantation Into a Mythic Wilderness," 27 June 2018 The answer is the same blinkered arrogance that sent Philip II’s huge but poorly led Spanish Armada into the British northern seas. Victor Davis Hanson, New York Times, "When to Wage War, and How to Win: A Guide," 20 Apr. 2018 In choosing to keep good movies out rather than letting more movies in, Cannes is blinkering itself to the modern age. Stephen Galloway, The Hollywood Reporter, "Cannes vs. Netflix: Why Everyone Lost With the Festival's Ban," 23 May 2018 Business school instruction is routinely blinkered in this way. John Benjamin, The New Republic, "Business Class," 14 May 2018 This blinkered outlook, says McFaul, would also make any Putin-Trump summit extremely risky. Trudy Rubin,, "I'll be traveling to Moscow as tensions with Russia over Syria heat up | Trudy Rubin," 13 Apr. 2018 In his eyes the humanities today are static and blinkered, hamstrung by their failure to acknowledge their evolutionary roots. The Economist, "Creative sparkWhat makes humans inventive?," 11 Jan. 2018 Trump’s blinkered view could actually be good news for Democrats. Benjamin Hart, Daily Intelligencer, "Trump Again Claims, Wrongly, That Obamacare Has Been Repealed," 26 Dec. 2017 But the true offense comes from the blinkered and completely tone deaf script by Justin Malen. Katie Walsh, Detroit Free Press, "Review: ‘Father Figures’ is a comedy disaster," 22 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of blinker


1637, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1823, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of blinker was in 1637

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English Language Learners Definition of blinker

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


blink·​er | \ ˈbliŋ-kər How to pronounce blinker (audio) \

Kids Definition of blinker

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

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