- (used as an intensifier): He's a blinking idiot.
Origin of blinking
- to open and close the eye, especially involuntarily; wink rapidly and repeatedly.
- to look with winking or half-shut eyes: I blinked at the harsh morning light.
- to be startled, surprised, or dismayed (usually followed by at): She blinked at his sudden fury.
- to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often followed by at): to blink at another's eccentricities.
- to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle: The light on the buoy blinked in the distance.
- to open and close (the eye or eyes), usually rapidly and repeatedly; wink: She blinked her eyes in an effort to wake up.
- to cause (something) to blink: We blinked the flashlight frantically, but there was no response.
- to ignore deliberately; evade; shirk.
- on the blink, not in proper working order; in need of repair: The washing machine is on the blink again.
Origin of blink
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Examples from the Web for blinking
He did not wipe away the tears, but the long lenses of the television cameras showed him blinking them back behind his glasses.What Would Jesus Do in Gaza? The Tears of Pope Francis Point the Way
July 27, 2014
Zimmerman, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, stared ahead with a blank expression, blinking hard.George Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution’s Dramatic Closing Arguments
July 11, 2013
There is nothing so humbling as staring at a blinking cursor on a screen entitled “Inaugural Address.”What Obama Should Say on Monday
January 21, 2013
Debris crumbles from the ceiling and blinking lights dangle from single strands.Inside a Syrian Rebel City: FSA Restores Tentative Order to Al Bab
August 21, 2012
With the batphone to his great pal Bibi beeping and blinking nonstop, would Romney in essence have backed Mubarak?Arab Spring Comment Was a Romney Love Letter to the Israeli Right Wing
July 28, 2012
"I would I had your eyes," said Sir Nigel, blinking at the pirate galleys.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Peppajee smoked stolidly, his eyes half closed and blinking sleepily.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
For a moment Mathilde remained motionless, blinking her eyes.His Masterpiece
Other workmen were smoking, staring up into the sky and blinking their eyes.L'Assommoir
Harry was blinking and stirring and I could tell just by looking at him that he was uneasy too.The Man the Martians Made
Frank Belknap Long
- informal (intensifier)a blinking fool; a blinking good film
- to close and immediately reopen (the eyes or an eye), usually involuntarily
- (intr) to look with the eyes partially closed, as in strong sunlight
- to shine intermittently, as in signalling, or unsteadily
- (tr ; foll by away, from , etc) to clear the eyes of (dust, tears, etc)
- (when tr , usually foll by at) to be surprised or amazedhe blinked at the splendour of the ceremony
- (when intr , foll by at) to pretend not to know or see (a fault, injustice, etc)
- the act or an instance of blinking
- a glance; glimpse
- short for iceblink (def. 1)
- on the blink slang not working properly
Word Origin and History for blinking
1580s, perhaps from Middle Dutch blinken "to glitter," of uncertain origin, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, glitter" (see bleach (v.)).
Middle English had blynke (c.1300) in the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to move suddenly or sharply; to raise one's eyelids" (c.1200), perhaps from the rare Old English blencan "deceive." Related: Blinked; blinking. The last, as a euphemism for a stronger word, is attested by 1914.
1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the case with the verb, there is a similar word in Middle English, in use from c.1300, that might represent a native form of the same root.
Idioms and Phrases with blinking
see on the blink.