a device for flashing light signals.
a light that flashes intermittently, especially one that serves as a traffic signal.
either of two leather flaps on a bridle, to prevent a horse from seeing sideways; a blinder.

verb (used with object)

to put blinkers on.

Origin of blinker

First recorded in 1630–40; blink + -er1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for blinker

Historical Examples of blinker

  • Blinker got a pager and looked up the movements of Sunday steamboats.

  • Blinker held Florence tightly until the boat had righted itself.

  • She made Blinker sit down and sat by his side and put her hand in his.

  • Blinker took pains to provide against the rejection of his application.

  • "Don't say that again," said Blinker in a tone that made her look at him in frank surprise.

British Dictionary definitions for blinker



a flashing light for sending messages, as a warning device, etc, such as a direction indicator on a road vehicle
(often plural) a slang word for eye 1

verb (tr)

to provide (a horse) with blinkers
to obscure with or as if with blinkers
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Word Origin and History for blinker

1630s, "one who blinks," agent noun from blink (v.). As a type of horse eye screen to keep the animal looking straight ahead, from 1789. Slang meaning "the eye" is from 1816. Meaning "intermittent flashing light" is from 1923.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper