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wink

verb \ ˈwiŋk \

Definition of wink

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
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

Examples of wink in a Sentence

  1. He winked and said that he understood.

  2. She winked at me as she asked what I was doing tonight.

  3. She winked an eye at me.

  4. The puppy was winking in the bright sun.

  5. The stars winked in the night sky.

  6. The airplane's landing lights winked on and off.

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Origin and Etymology of wink

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

wink Synonyms

Synonyms
blink
Related Words
bat, flutter; squint
Near Antonyms
disapprove (of), frown (on or upon); deny, disallow, refuse

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wink

noun

Definition of wink

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

  1. Her wink told me she was just kidding.

  2. “I knew you could do it,” he said with a wink.

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First Known Use of wink

14th century

wink Synonyms

Synonyms
catnap, doze, drowse, forty winks, kip [chiefly British], siesta, snooze, 1nap
Related Words
repose, rest; slumber; bed
Near Antonyms
aeon (or eon), age, eternity, forever; infinity, lifetime


WINK Defined for English Language Learners

wink

verb

Definition of wink for English Language Learners

  • : 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

Definition of wink for English Language Learners

  • : 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 Defined for Kids

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wink

verb \ ˈwiŋk \

Definition of wink for Students

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

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wink

noun

Definition of wink for Students

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.

Medical Dictionary

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wink

intransitive verb \ ˈwiŋk \

medical Definition of wink

:to close and open the eyelids quickly

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wink

noun

medical Definition of wink

:a quick closing and opening of the eyelids :blink


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