- 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.
- to put blinkers on.
Origin of blinker
Related Wordsindicator, 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
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
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
- (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
- to provide (a horse) with blinkers
- to obscure with or as if with blinkers
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.