wink

verb
\ ˈwiŋk How to pronounce wink (audio) \
winked; winking; winks

Definition of wink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to shut one eye briefly as a signal or in teasing
2 : to close and open the eyelids quickly
3 : to avoid seeing or noting something usually used with at
4 : to gleam or flash intermittently : twinkle her glasses winking in the sunlight— Harper Lee
5a : to come to an end usually used with out
b : to stop shining usually used with out
6 : to signal a message with a light

transitive verb

1 : to cause to open and shut
2 : to affect or influence by or as if by blinking the eyes

wink

noun

Definition of wink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a brief period of sleep : nap catching a wink
2a : a hint or sign given by winking
b : an act of winking
3 : the time of a wink : instant quick as a wink
4 : a flicker of the eyelids : blink

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Synonyms for wink

Synonyms: Verb

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of wink in a Sentence

Verb He winked and said that he understood. She winked at me as she asked what I was doing tonight. She winked an eye at me. The puppy was winking in the bright sun. The stars winked in the night sky. The airplane's landing lights winked on and off. Noun Her wink told me she was just kidding. “I knew you could do it,” he said with a wink.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Friedlander’s style of photography is usually cool, winking, and gamesman-like, but his pictures of his wife thrum with gentle affection. Michael Luo, The New Yorker, "The Top Twenty-Five New Yorker Stories of 2019," 17 Dec. 2019 As the sun sinks behind the Tennessee mountains, and stars wink into view, astronomer Doug Durig climbs onto the rooftop of his observatory, powers up his three telescopes, and angles them skyward. BostonGlobe.com, "You're using a browser set to private or incognito mode.," 29 Nov. 2019 As the sun sinks behind the Tennessee mountains, and stars wink into view, astronomer Doug Durig climbs onto the rooftop of his observatory, powers up his three telescopes and angles them skyward. Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "An alien comet from another star is soaring through our solar system," 28 Nov. 2019 Strasbourg in the festive season in reality mixes the commercial and the spiritual, as tacky plastic ornaments and winking Father Christmas figures compete for attention with the crucifix and holy child. The Economist, "France’s complicated relationship with Christmas," 18 Dec. 2019 In other words, quantum knots might not be dynamically stable, winking out of existence before their superfluid medium decays. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Physicists capture first footage of quantum knots unraveling in superfluid," 15 Nov. 2019 So two days after kicker Cameron Dicker winked his way into Longhorn hearts and drilled a game-winning field goal, Oklahoma fired defensive coordinator Mike Stoops. Nick Moyle, ExpressNews.com, "Oklahoma’s improved defense could be biggest challenge for Texas," 10 Oct. 2019 The government of that prairie province has taken out print and digital ads in Quebec’s French language media outlets that make clever, winking reference to Quebec’s new secularism law. Lila Maclellan, Quartz, "Manitoba had a cheeky response to Quebec’s ban on religious symbols," 29 Nov. 2019 This would’ve been the ideal time to visit the Crowes merch table, which still sells $8 packs of Black Crowes Rolling Papers, a winking niche-product the band first introduced about 20 years ago and many stoner-friendly groups have copied since. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Black Crowes’ rousing VBC concert rocks and rolls," 25 Sep. 2013 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun During a visit to Buckingham Palace in June, the Duchess of Cornwall was caught on camera giving a cheeky wink behind Trump’s back — a gesture the Internet took many an inference from. Time, "With a Shrug Gesture Gone Viral, Princess Anne Receives the Internet’s Royal Treatment," 4 Dec. 2019 The savvy set piece is a dry, wry wink to this almost-off-the-rails ramble through – and over— Dickens' enduring Christmas tale. oregonlive, "‘Scrooge in Rouge’ review: Triangle Productions dishes out Dickens classic with pure camp," 2 Dec. 2019 Those winks don’t even account for the two greatest ironies of the song's fortitude: that a club track found its greatest success outside the club and that music once disparaged as foreign is now embraced by the core of American culture. Zel Mccarthy, Billboard, "Batten Down the Hatches: Darude's 'Sandstorm' Just Turned 20," 30 Oct. 2019 But even Stewart, slinking through the movie with a shrug and a wink, just looks more bored than anything. Time, "Charlie's Angels Fails to Give Kristen Stewart the Glamorous Action Movie She Deserves," 15 Nov. 2019 Aimed at longtime viewers of both programs, this brisk and likely feature film is filled with inside jokes and winks to the viewer and is also genuinely exciting. Noel Murray, Los Angeles Times, "Ravenous alligators are loose in a flooded basement in ‘Crawl’: What could possibly go wrong?," 12 Oct. 2019 There’s also a promise to tackle rural exodus -- a wink at the tiny Teruel Existe group that won its first parliamentary seat on a campaign to address precisely that issue. Washington Post, "Bid for Spanish Government on Again But Tricky: The Next Steps," 13 Nov. 2019 The front desk clerk, one Roxanne Cortez, wishes him a pleasant stay and winks at him. Christian Holub, EW.com, "Read an excerpt from Dean Koontz's newest story collection, Nameless," 11 Nov. 2019 The film, principally told in slow-burning flashbacks and punctuated by mournful voice-over by De Niro, even winks at the possibility that Mafia figures were tied to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy in 1963. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, "'The Irishman': What to know about Martin Scorsese's mob epic," 1 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of wink

Verb

before the 12th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for wink

Verb

Middle English, from Old English wincian; akin to Old High German winchan to stagger, wink and perhaps to Latin vacillare to sway, Sanskrit vañcati he goes crookedly

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Time Traveler for wink

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The first known use of wink was before the 12th century

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Last Updated

11 Jan 2020

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“Wink.” The Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wink. Accessed 17 January 2020.

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More Definitions for wink

wink

verb
How to pronounce wink (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of wink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and open one eye quickly as a signal to someone
: to close and open your eyes quickly
: to shine in an unsteady way

wink

noun

English Language Learners Definition of wink (Entry 2 of 2)

: an act of closing and opening one eye very quickly often as a way of giving a secret signal or private message to someone
informal : a very short amount of time

wink

verb
\ ˈwiŋk How to pronounce wink (audio) \
winked; winking

Kids Definition of wink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : to close and open one eye quickly as a signal or hint
2 : to close and open the eyelids quickly : blink

wink

noun

Kids Definition of wink (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a hint or sign given by closing and opening one eye quickly
2 : a brief period of sleep
3 : an act of closing and opening usually one eye quickly
4 : a very short time I'll be back in a wink.
\ ˈwiŋk How to pronounce wink (audio) \

Medical Definition of wink

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to close and open the eyelids quickly

wink

noun

Medical Definition of wink (Entry 2 of 2)

: a quick closing and opening of the eyelids : blink

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