verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of blink
Synonyms for blink
Related Words for blinkedflicker, sparkle, flash, flutter, squint, forget, bat, nictitate, shimmer, glimmer, scintillate, nictate, glitter, overpass, connive, bypass, discount, omit, slight, fail
Examples from the Web for blinked
Contemporary Examples of blinked
She squinted, blinked sporadically, and tilted her head, as if straining to wrestle answers from her brain.Jeopardy! Champion Julia Collins’s Brain Feels Like Mush
November 20, 2014
He blinked once when she asked if he was in pain, twice when she asked if he knew who shot him.Tupac Shakur’s Race-Killer Prison Pal Talks
July 29, 2014
No one blinked an eye when John Malkovich stooped to do Transformers 2.The Myth of the Tortured Artist
January 4, 2014
He's blinked before after all—notably when he agreed to sequestration in 2011—and who knows?Here Comes the Shutdown: Three Reasons It Will Hurt the GOP
September 28, 2013
Nobody at MTV blinked an eye when they saw a child dressed as Ku Klux Klan member, jumping up to grab a fetus hanging from a tree.How Nirvana Shot the ‘Heart-Shaped Box’ Video
September 13, 2013
Historical Examples of blinked
He gave her a long look, blinked, and walked rapidly out to the Street.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
The lantern, set on a tombstone beside them, blinked in a snowy gust.Quaint Courtships
He blinked and scowled in the sunshine, because his eyes were not used to the light.Opera Stories from Wagner
Brentwick removed his glasses, rubbed them, and blinked thoughtfully at the girl.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
And he winked and blinked at stout Friar Tuck like an owl at the sun.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood
Word Origin for blink
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.
see on the blink.