adjective, adverb Chiefly British.
Origin of blinking
verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of blink
Synonyms for blink
Related Words for blinkingflicker, sparkle, flash, flutter, squint, forget, bat, nictitate, shimmer, glimmer, scintillate, nictate, glitter, overpass, connive, bypass, discount, omit, slight, fail
Examples from the Web for blinking
Contemporary Examples of blinking
He did not wipe away the tears, but the long lenses of the television cameras showed him blinking them back behind his glasses.What Would Jesus Do in Gaza? The Tears of Pope Francis Point the Way
July 27, 2014
Zimmerman, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, stared ahead with a blank expression, blinking hard.George Zimmerman Trial: The Prosecution’s Dramatic Closing Arguments
July 11, 2013
There is nothing so humbling as staring at a blinking cursor on a screen entitled “Inaugural Address.”What Obama Should Say on Monday
January 21, 2013
Debris crumbles from the ceiling and blinking lights dangle from single strands.Inside a Syrian Rebel City: FSA Restores Tentative Order to Al Bab
August 21, 2012
With the batphone to his great pal Bibi beeping and blinking nonstop, would Romney in essence have backed Mubarak?Arab Spring Comment Was a Romney Love Letter to the Israeli Right Wing
July 28, 2012
Historical Examples of blinking
"I would I had your eyes," said Sir Nigel, blinking at the pirate galleys.The White Company
Arthur Conan Doyle
Peppajee smoked stolidly, his eyes half closed and blinking sleepily.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
For a moment Mathilde remained motionless, blinking her eyes.His Masterpiece
Other workmen were smoking, staring up into the sky and blinking their eyes.L'Assommoir
Harry was blinking and stirring and I could tell just by looking at him that he was uneasy too.The Man the Martians Made
Frank Belknap Long
Word Origin for blink
1580s, perhaps from Middle Dutch blinken "to glitter," of uncertain origin, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, glitter" (see bleach (v.)).
Middle English had blynke (c.1300) in the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to move suddenly or sharply; to raise one's eyelids" (c.1200), perhaps from the rare Old English blencan "deceive." Related: Blinked; blinking. The last, as a euphemism for a stronger word, is attested by 1914.
1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the case with the verb, there is a similar word in Middle English, in use from c.1300, that might represent a native form of the same root.
see on the blink.