verb (used without object), nic·ti·tat·ed, nic·ti·tat·ing.
Origin of nictitate
British Dictionary definitions for nictitate
Word Origin for nictitate
Word Origin and History 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.