- to close and open one or both eyes quickly.
- to close and open one eye quickly as a hint or signal or with some sly meaning (often followed by at): She winked at him across the room.
- (of the eyes) to close and open thus; blink.
- to shine with little flashes of light; twinkle: The city lights winked in the distance.
- to close and open (one or both eyes) quickly; execute or give (a wink).
- to drive or force by winking (usually followed by back or away): She attempted to wink back the tears.
- to signal or convey by a wink.
- an act of winking.
- a winking movement, especially of one eye in giving a hint or signal.
- a hint or signal given by winking.
- the time required for winking once; an instant or twinkling: I'll be there in a wink.
- a little flash of light; twinkle.
- the least bit: I didn't sleep a wink last night.
- wink at, to ignore deliberately, as to avoid the necessity of taking action: to wink at minor offenses.
Origin of wink1
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- a disk or similar small object used in tiddlywinks.
Origin of wink2
Examples from the Web for winks
He winks, smacks his lips and frantically drains the go-cup.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
The SEC adds the case to the list, sends the money to the Treasury, and winks at the public.$614M SAC Capital Settlement a Sign of Wall Street’s Cynical Calculus
March 19, 2013
White House staffers were warned not to leak anything before the session with Roberts, but there were winks and nudges.How President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
Then he gets up from the table, turns around, smiles, and winks.Oscars, Start Your Engines!
September 6, 2011
But, her support is not explicitly clear and instead seems to be nods and winks to what she really believes.Is Palin for Gay Rights?
February 10, 2011
They drew one another's attention to it with winks and nods of the head.L'Assommoir
"I think about forty minutes of winks, Father Dan," he replied.
I'm beginning to think that I, too, took forty winks during the reading of that paper.
Flaps his hands in his side-pockets, Winks to all the throng below!The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
Then I winks at the row of lady typists and strolls in, calm and easy.Torchy
- (intr) to close and open one eye quickly, deliberately, or in an exaggerated fashion to convey friendliness, etc
- to close and open (an eye or the eyes) momentarily
- (tr; foll by away, back, etc) to force away (tears, etc) by winking
- (tr) to signal with a wink
- (intr) (of a light) to gleam or flash intermittently
- a winking movement, esp one conveying a signal, etc, or such a signal
- an interrupted flashing of light
- a brief moment of time; instant
- informal the smallest amount, esp of sleepSee also forty winks
- tip the wink British informal to give a hint
- a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks
Word Origin and History for winks
Old English wincian "to nod, wink," from Proto-Germanic *wenkanan (cf. Dutch wenken, Old High German winkan, German winken), a gradational variant of the root of Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover," from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve." The meaning "close an eye as a hint or signal" is first recorded c.1100; that of "close one's eyes to fault or irregularity" first attested late 15c. Related: Winked; winking.
c.1300, from wink (v.); meaning "very brief moment of time" is attested from 1580s.
- To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
- To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.
- A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.