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.

Nearby words

  1. blinglish,
  2. blini,
  3. blink,
  4. blink comparator,
  5. blinkard,
  6. blinkered,
  7. blinkers,
  8. blinking,
  9. blinkingly,
  10. blinks

Origin of blinker

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

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British Dictionary definitions for blinkers


pl n

(sometimes singular) mainly British leather sidepieces attached to a horse's bridle to prevent sideways visionUsual US and Canadian word: blinders
a slang word for goggle (def. 4)



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 blinkers



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