- 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 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
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
- 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 blinked
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 blinked
see on the blink.