verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of blink
Synonyms for blink
Related Words for blinksflicker, sparkle, flash, flutter, squint, forget, bat, nictitate, shimmer, glimmer, scintillate, nictate, glitter, overpass, connive, bypass, discount, omit, slight, fail
Examples from the Web for blinks
Contemporary Examples of blinks
New York blinks in the face of uncertainty and bans hydraulic fracturing.New York’s Conservative Fracking Ban
December 20, 2014
CLAIRE: (blinks rapidly) But Francis, we have the Paws and Purrsonality pancake breakfast next week.Frank Underwood Will Not Tolerate Insubordination in This Olive Garden
Kelly Williams Brown
February 24, 2014
And it may be who blinks rather than who shuts the government down that matters most.Why Democrats Should Fear a Government Shutdown
David A. Graham
February 28, 2011
Historical Examples of blinks
Ferdie blinks a couple of times as the picture forms on the screen.
As for Ferdie, he just sits there and blinks, followin' 'em through his spare panes.
However, fibs of this sort one blinks at where pretty girls are the criminals.April's Lady
Margaret Wolfe Hungerford
Mrs. Bliss turns on him sort of dazed, and blinks them round eyes of hers.The House of Torchy
He was not of an imaginative or philosophic turn, like Mr. Blinks.
Word Origin for blinks
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.