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  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.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to put blinkers on.
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Origin of blinker

First recorded in 1630–40; blink + -er1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Related Words

indicator, alarm, cue, sign, beacon, gesture, curtain, omen, nod, flare, token, alert, wink, flag, tocsin, go-ahead, okay, mark, movement, blinker

Examples from the Web for blinkers

Historical Examples

  • Look at them, how they come along,—no bearing reins, no blinkers.

    Sir Jasper Carew

    Charles James Lever

  • Straps here and straps there, a bit in my mouth, and blinkers over my eyes.

    Black Beauty

    Anna Sewell

  • Promptly the signal flashed out from the blinkers of the "Grigsby."

  • There was more talking with the blinkers between the two craft.

  • The goggles over her eyes gave her just the view that a horse has with blinkers.

    Madge Morton's Victory

    Amy D.V. Chalmers

British Dictionary definitions for blinkers


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

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