verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wink1
Synonyms for wink
Origin of wink2
Examples from the Web for wink
Contemporary Examples of wink
It was another of the nudge, nudge, wink, wink jokes that summed up the entire enterprise.Britain’s Record-Breaking Face-Sitting Porn Protest
December 12, 2014
And we also have to be careful to not do it in a way that feels cheap or just a wink.The Leaner, Meaner Season 2 of ‘Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.’
September 22, 2014
To add insult to injury, Ronaldo seemed to wink at his bench after Rooney was sent off.Why It’s Still OK to Hate Sexy Bastard Cristiano Ronaldo After He Saved Team USA
June 26, 2014
In the back of a limo, wearing a plaid blazer, Quast raises his drink and says with a wink, “you stay classy, Iowa.”7 WTF Campaign Ads You Can’t Unsee, From Castrators to Alligator Wrestlers
May 19, 2014
And history itself offers both a lesson and a wink and a nod to the idea.One Completely Logical Hillary Running Mate
May 2, 2014
Historical Examples of wink
I'm nearer sunstroke myself than he is—not a wink of sleep for two nights now.The Spenders
Harry Leon Wilson
"Certainly not," answered Yates, with a wink that took in the situation.
The boy flushed with pleasure under the comprehensiveness of that wink.
Hardly a wink have I slept, ruminating upon the approaching interview.Clarissa, Volume 2 (of 9)
My boy has been sick all night, and I've never had one wink of sleep.A Doctor of the Old School, Part 1
Word Origin for wink
Word Origin for wink
Old English wincian "to nod, wink," from Proto-Germanic *wenkanan (cf. Dutch wenken, Old High German winkan, German winken), a gradational variant of the root of Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover," from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve." The meaning "close an eye as a hint or signal" is first recorded c.1100; that of "close one's eyes to fault or irregularity" first attested late 15c. Related: Winked; winking.
c.1300, from wink (v.); meaning "very brief moment of time" is attested from 1580s.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink