wink

1 of 2

verb

winked; winking; winks

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 sunlightHarper Lee
5
a
: 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

2 of 2

noun

1
: a brief period of sleep : nap
catching a wink
2
a
: 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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Verb
The movie took place during the Korean War, but y’know: wink, wink, wink. David Fear, Rolling Stone, 21 June 2024 Her new drama, she’s said in an interview, came from years of musing over the idea of fleshing out a play about her own mother and giving it that winking name. Jackson McHenry, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2024
Noun
This, after all, is the company that bagged Oscars for 1917, made a global star of Fleabag’s Phoebe Waller-Bridge, and has both sides of the Atlantic obsessing over The Traitors’ game of wink murder in a Highland castle. Jake Kanter, Deadline, 27 June 2024 Smart-sleeper bassinets, such as the Snoo, are helping new parents get more winks. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, 13 June 2024 See all Example Sentences for wink 

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Word History

Etymology

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

First Known Use

Verb

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

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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Cite this Entry

“Wink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wink. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

wink

1 of 2 verb
1
: to close and open one eye quickly as a signal or hint
saw her friend wink and knew it was time to go
2
: to close and open the eyes quickly : blink
3
: to avoid seeing or noting something
wink at a parking violation
4
: to gleam or shine on and off : twinkle

wink

2 of 2 noun
1
: a brief period of sleep : nap
catching a wink
2
a
: a hint or sign given by winking
b
: an act of winking
3
: the time of a wink : instant
quick as a wink she did the job

Medical Definition

wink

1 of 2 intransitive verb
: to close and open the eyelids quickly

wink

2 of 2 noun
: a quick closing and opening of the eyelids : blink

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