Related formsun·blink·ered, adjective


  1. a device for flashing light signals.
  2. a light that flashes intermittently, especially one that serves as a traffic signal.
  3. either of two leather flaps on a bridle, to prevent a horse from seeing sideways; a blinder.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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. 2018

Examples from the Web for blinkered

Contemporary Examples of blinkered

Historical Examples of blinkered

  • But Telal was not so easily to be blinkered, and kept to his first judgment.

    Travels in Arabia

    Bayard Taylor

  • The blinkered black pony came up like a hawk, with two of his own side behind him, and Benami's eye glittered as he raced.

  • I trudge along like a traveller between high hedgerows; my heart is blinkered so that I am scarcely aware of landscapes.

    Carry On

    Coningsby Dawson

  • These blinkered letters, with only writing and no touch of live hands, convey so little.

    Carry On

    Coningsby Dawson

British Dictionary definitions for blinkered


  1. considering only a narrow point of view
  2. (of a horse) wearing blinkers


  1. a flashing light for sending messages, as a warning device, etc, such as a direction indicator on a road vehicle
  2. (often plural) a slang word for eye 1
verb (tr)
  1. to provide (a horse) with blinkers
  2. to obscure with or as if with blinkers
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Word Origin and History for blinkered

in the figurative sense, 1867, from horses wearing blinkers to limit the range of their vision (see 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