Nearby words

  1. wingsuit,
  2. wingtip,
  3. wingy,
  4. winifred,
  5. winiwarter-buerger disease,
  6. wink at,
  7. wink reflex,
  8. winkelried,
  9. winker,
  10. winkle

Origin of wink

before 900; (v.) Middle English winken, Old English wincian; cognate with German winken to wave, signal; (noun) Middle English: nap, derivative of the v.

1. Wink, blink refer to rapid motions of the eyelid. To wink is to close and open either one or both eyelids with a rapid motion. To blink suggests a sleepy, dazed, or dazzled condition in which it is difficult to focus the eyes or see clearly: Bright sun makes one blink. 4. sparkle.

Related formswink·ing·ly, adverbun·wink·ing, adjective


[ wingk ]
/ wɪŋk /

noun Games.

a disk or similar small object used in tiddlywinks.

Origin of wink

First recorded in 1890–95; extracted from tiddlywinks Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for wink


/ (wɪŋk) /



Word Origin for wink

Old English wincian; related to Old Saxon wincon, Old High German winchan, German winken to wave. See wench, winch


a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks

Word Origin for wink

C20: shortened from tiddlywinks

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Word Origin and History for wink
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Medicine definitions for wink


[ wĭngk ]


To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.


A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.

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Idioms and Phrases with wink


In addition to the idiom beginning with wink

  • wink at

also see:

  • forty winks
  • quick as a wink
  • sleep a wink
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