verb (used without object), nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing.
Origin of nictitate
Related Words for nictatebat, flicker, twinkle, nictitate, flash, shimmer, wink, glimmer, scintillate, sparkle, glitter, flutter, squint
Word Origin for nictitate
"to wink," 1822, from Medieval Latin nictitatus, past participle of nictitare, frequentative of Latin nictare "wink, blink," related to nicere "to beckon," from PIE root *kneigwh- "to lean on, to bend" (the eyelids together). Related: Nictitated; nictitating (1713). Earlier form was nictate (v.), 1690s, from Latin nictare.