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

Definition of blinker

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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 Trump’s medical advisers are stuck with blinkers on. John Cassidy, The New Yorker, "There Is No Panacea for the Coronavirus Economy," 18 Apr. 2020 Hagman said Volvo's team went into the forest and recorded about 300 sticks breaking to get the source audio file needed for the blinker. Roberto Baldwin, Car and Driver, "Volvo Snapped a Stick for Turn-Signal Sound, Used Human Voices for XC40 EV," 24 Feb. 2020 National star Joel Rosario will replace Golden Gate Fields’ Juan Hernandez in the saddle for the Risen Star Stakes, and Anneau d’Or will race with blinkers for the first time. Larry Stumes,, "Anneau d’Or heads to New Orleans with Kentucky Derby on trainer’s mind," 5 Feb. 2020 Trainer , who is winning 30% at the meet and four of eight recently, adds blinkers today to keep the horse more involved early. Los Angeles Times, "Horse racing newsletter: Golden Gate has gas problem (tee-hee)," 30 Jan. 2020 Writing from the younger woman’s point of view, Reid renders white people whose eagerness to shed their blinkers results in fumbling attempts to identify with black people—as much to burnish their own images as to genuinely connect with others. Stephanie Hayes, The Atlantic, "Such a Fun Age Satirizes the White Pursuit of Wokeness," 8 Jan. 2020 The front of the boxes had been cut out, allowing students to see their desks and exam sheets but restricting their vision, similar to blinkers used on a horse. Jessie Yeung, CNN, "Indian students wear boxes on their heads during exam to prevent cheating," 22 Oct. 2019 The addition of blinkers helped ... good horsemanship by Baffert. Bill Center, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Females put on quite a show on track at Del Mar," 31 Aug. 2019 Tacitus, wearing blinkers for the first time, had the lead in the back stretch before Mucho Gusto moved alongside at the half-mile pole and edged in front. John Kekis, The Courier-Journal, "Kentucky Derby runner-up Code of Honor wins Travers Stakes," 24 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb In contrast, most blinkered Democrats in swing states — who as radical progressives doubled down on abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, promoting Medicare for all, cancelling student debt, and impeaching Trump — faltered. Victor Davis Hanson, National Review, "Trump the Uniter?," 20 Mar. 2020 Some stars’ behavior has come across blinkered and clueless, as when Ellen DeGeneres compared staying in her palatial home to being in jail. Carina Chocano, New York Times, "What’s the Point of a Celebrity in a Pandemic?," 6 May 2020 But Flav has brought the instinctual displeasure and distrust of Blexit (blacks exiting the Democratic Party) against Chuck D’s blinkered optimism. Armond White, National Review, "Public Enemy Meets the Enemy," 8 Apr. 2020 For years, one of the most common, and most blinkered, arguments against NATO expansion has rested on a single conversation that former U.S. Secretary of State James Baker had with flailing Soviet premier Mikhail Gorbachev in 1990. Casey Michel, The New Republic, "NATO Is Expanding, and Everyone Is Curiously Silent," 16 Jan. 2020 That blinkered assumption continues to resonate today, not least among city officials across the continent who felt manipulated by Amazon, according to people familiar with their thinking. Bloomberg Wire, Dallas News, "Behind Amazon’s HQ2 fiasco, Jeff Bezos wanted incentives like Elon Musk’s," 3 Feb. 2020 Guevara’s disciplinarianism and blinkered devotion to revolution was often on display. Washington Post, "Harry Villegas, right-hand man and bodyguard to Che Guevara, dies at 81," 7 Jan. 2020 To many younger Georgians, pro-Stalin views like these are both blinkered and disturbing. David Segal, New York Times, "A Monster to History, Stalin Is a Tourist Magnet in His Hometown," 30 June 2019 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

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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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“Blinker.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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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


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Kids Definition of blinker

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

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