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

blink

Synonyms: Noun

catnap, doze, drowse, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], nap, siesta, snooze

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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

The acting is appropriately playful, as Bacon and Ward convey an awareness of the picture’s silliness without winking at the audience or condescending to the material. Jason Bailey, New York Times, "10 Movies to Fill the ‘Jurassic’-Sized Hole in Your Heart," 11 June 2018 Oh and Samberg winked at this quote during their opening monologue, and Gaga responded in good spirits. Christopher Rosa, Glamour, "The Biggest Moments From the 2019 Golden Globes," 6 Jan. 2019 Fast-forward the cosmic clock, compressing eons into seconds, and the stars of the night sky would wink out one by one, as the central, stabilizing inferno within each one sputters and dies. Alan Hirshfeld, WSJ, "Book Review: Feeling Gravity’s Pull," 16 Nov. 2018 The internet winked off this week across the capital, a once-common act to control dissenting voices. Elias Meseret, Fox News, "Ethiopia's stunning reforms now challenged by deadly unrest," 19 Sep. 2018 Still others are winking and nodding at it, retweeting #QAnon references while pretending to be none the wiser. Jane Coaston, Vox, "#QAnon, the scarily popular pro-Trump conspiracy theory, explained," 1 Aug. 2018 After the second, DiVincenzo turned to the camera and winked. Nancy Armour, USA TODAY, "Donte DiVincenzo's big night fires up Villanova on way to national title," 2 Apr. 2018 Of course, that isn’t going to fly with an ethics committee, and the alternatives can, at best, point and wink suggestively. Cathleen O'grady, Ars Technica, "What do we actually know about the risks of screen time and digital media?," 17 Oct. 2018 The first-wave JAPs had certainly been flashy, but Juicy Couture embodied these ideals with a tone of winking self-awareness. Jamie Lauren Keiles, Vox, "How the JAP became America’s most complex Jewish stereotype.," 5 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The look was equal parts fiery and elegant, with ruffles cascading down the front and a cape trailing in the back, but the see-through element was a wink to Miley's signature risqué style. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "Miley Cyrus Stuns in a Sheer Valentino Gown on the Red Carpet Without Liam Hemsworth," 12 Feb. 2019 The result is text that — with a wink at the viewer — presents itself as a little fussy and absurd, just like the characters in the movie. Eliza Brooke, Vox, "Sorry to Bother You," 12 Nov. 2018 Standing nearby is another little wink from Andrew, a little boy named Deegan Scott wearing Batman shoes and a super man's jersey. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: Andrew Smith's legacy lives on through 4-year-old boy saved by a Butler teammate," 17 Feb. 2018 But Johnson — with perhaps a wink and nudge from officials from the judge on down — was able to slip out of the country before being sentenced. Gregory Korte, USA TODAY, "Trump grants posthumous pardon to former heavyweight champion Jack Johnson," 24 May 2018 While primping for the award show, the Westworld star displayed her voluminous, diffused curls defining her face, dramatic smokey topaz eyeshadow with a wink, while her makeup artist applied a soft pink lipstick with a lip brush. Nicole Saunders, Harper's BAZAAR, "The Best Celebrity Instagrams From The 2019 Golden Globes," 7 Jan. 2019 Thus, the video is a bit of a wink to a famous part — one not sanctioned by either company that could actually greenlight a new Frank Underwood project. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Kevin Spacey released a bizarre video evoking Frank Underwood, apparently to defend himself," 24 Dec. 2018 Near the tram at the base area, JHMR’s newest après spot, RPK 3 (a wink to the acronym that refers to the snowfall forecast for powder day), opens this month, serving comfort food around a roaring fireplace. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "If You're Skiing the Rockies This Winter, Read This First," 4 Dec. 2018 Manafort patted a couple of his lawyers on the shoulder and acknowledged his wife Kathleen, sitting in the front row, with a wink. Alex Pappas, Fox News, "Paul Manafort convicted by jury on bank and tax fraud charges; mistrial declared on 10 counts," 21 Aug. 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
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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