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 While later sequels to the original Child's Play leaned in on its absurd premise, the new movie hits the ground running, winking at the camera even as the blood and guts start flying. Kaitlin Reilly, refinery29.com, "Child's Play Star Aubrey Plaza Talks Her Scariest Chucky Moment On Set," 24 June 2019 The way Lenny stops to wink at the camera at the end encapsulates the coquettish essence of the show. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "The Best Part Of The New Pope Are The New Opening Credits," 13 Jan. 2020 But in the months that followed the test, called Starfish Prime, satellites began to wink out one by one, including the world’s first communications satellite, Telstar. Richard Stone, Science | AAAS, "U.S. tests ways to sweep space clean of radiation after nuclear attack," 26 Dec. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Other members, however, have been caught catching a few winks, including Sen. Jim Risch, a Republican from Idaho, and possibly Sen. Mark Warner, a Democrat from Virginia. Kerry Picket, Washington Examiner, "Senators look for ways to stay focused during long impeachment trial hours," 23 Jan. 2020 In the video, Lively slowly opens her eyes upon hearing the music and then gives a quick wink to the camera. Andrea Wurzburger, PEOPLE.com, "Amy Schumer Wants Her Hat Back, Taylor Swift's Banana Breakdown and More Hilarious Videos of Celebs After Surgery," 14 Jan. 2020 Instead, company members rocking bouzoukis wink at the music of the Elizabethan era. Lisa Kennedy, The Know, "Review: The accent is on the hilarious at the Denver Center’s “Twelfth Night”," 30 Nov. 2019 When the robots speak, their mouths flash, their eyes wink and the machine's arms move up and down. Peter Holley, chicagotribune.com, "Humanoid robots help passengers find their way around Istanbul’s new airport," 1 Oct. 2019 In Remedy's defense, the studio winks at this fact in the form of one casting decision. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Review: Control is Remedy’s best game yet—and a ray tracing masterpiece," 26 Aug. 2019 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

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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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“Wink.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/wink?pronunciation&lang=en_us&dir=w&file=wink0001. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

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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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