wink

verb
\ ˈwiŋk \
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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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

And one by one, half the Avengers wink out of existence: Bucky, and Black Panther, and Scarlet Witch, and Spider-Man, and character after character who just moments ago seemed certain to live all dissolve into dust. Constance Grady, Vox, "How the ending of Avengers: Infinity War finds power in cheap spectacle," 4 May 2018 The Last Jedi took a cue from its predecessor, introducing us to Rose Tico (Kelly Marie Tran), and winking at female fins with a nice, long look at Kylo Ren's (Adam Driver) sculpted torso. refinery29.com, "Solo: A Star Wars Story Fails Its Great Woman Characters," 25 May 2018 In his fashion show, Todd Snyder plans to 'wink' at the trend of casual streetwear trend by having models sport Kangol hats. Ray A. Smith, WSJ, "A ‘Modern Preppy’ Maestro Makes Peace With Streetwear," 10 July 2018 Expect an arty, sometimes winking, approach to techno and house that never loses its sense of fun. Steve Byrne, Detroit Free Press, "Movement 2018: Highlight picks for Detroit's electronic music festival," 24 May 2018 While features such as winking 3-D emoji and screen-time limits for your apps might take much of the attention when the software arrives, iOS 12 is a major step forward in one other crucial area: smartphone security. David Nield, WIRED, "All the Ways iOS 12 Will Make Your iPhone More Secure," 8 July 2018 In the near darkness the oven winked at her with its crooked eyes. Aaron Gilbreath, Longreads, "The Wolves," 2 Apr. 2018 The Interval’s fern bar drinks wink and teach, instructing and delighting. Esther Mobley, SFChronicle.com, "SF’s Interval puts the fern bar on a cocktail menu," 20 June 2018 Salemme, who headed the New England family of La Cosa Nostra, shuffles in and out of the courtroom, hunched over, only occasionally lifting his head to wave and wink at a reporter who has covered him for decades. Washington Post, "The last Mafioso? ‘Cadillac Frank’ trial shows mob’s decline," 17 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The fact the world-weary couple get a break from their children is both funny and a nice wink to the parents in the audience. Rick Bentley, chicagotribune.com, "'Hotel Transylvania 3' review: Monsters aboard the Love Boat," 12 July 2018 Facial expressions, microexpressions, emotions, tone of voice, body posture, movements, winks and twitches all give clues about a person’s mental state. Marcus Holmes, Washington Post, "Trump canceled the summit with North Korea. Here’s the real missed opportunity.," 24 May 2018 Taylor Swift, pop’s megastar, may seem invincible: her latest album Reputation is a knowing mediation with a wink at her own fame, after all. Raisa Bruner, Time, "Taylor Swift Shares Her Worst Nightmare In an Interview with Rock Muse Pattie Boyd," 10 July 2018 The song was released as the lead single from his second album, named, with a wink at rock critics, Repeat Offender. Gary Trust, Billboard, "This Week in Billboard Chart History: In 2012, Carly Rae Jepsen Jumped to No. 1 With 'Call Me Maybe'," 18 June 2018 But others accept that as a cost of doing business, sometimes with a wink. Matt Murray, WSJ, "The 10-Point.," 14 June 2018 Your President*'s personal *wink* 'attorney' is in line to face similar charges and guess who's next! Jessica Derschowitz, EW.com, "How stars are celebrating the Fourth of July," 4 July 2018 Apple has also upgraded its AR technology, making the Animoji and Memoji responsive to more facial expressions, including winks and tongue movement. Andrea Park, Teen Vogue, "Apple Announces Customizable Memoji at WWDC 2018," 4 June 2018 Ehrenreich, so much fun as the loopy lasso-swinger in Hail, Caesar!, plays Han with a (literal) wink and a softy touch. Brian Raftery, WIRED, "Solo May Be Inessential, But It's Also Utterly Delightful," 23 May 2018

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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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More Definitions for wink

wink

verb

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

: a very short amount of time

wink

verb
\ ˈwiŋk \
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 \

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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