- to close and open one or both eyes quickly.
- to close and open one eye quickly as a hint or signal or with some sly meaning (often followed by at): She winked at him across the room.
- (of the eyes) to close and open thus; blink.
- to shine with little flashes of light; twinkle: The city lights winked in the distance.
- to close and open (one or both eyes) quickly; execute or give (a wink).
- to drive or force by winking (usually followed by back or away): She attempted to wink back the tears.
- to signal or convey by a wink.
- an act of winking.
- a winking movement, especially of one eye in giving a hint or signal.
- a hint or signal given by winking.
- the time required for winking once; an instant or twinkling: I'll be there in a wink.
- a little flash of light; twinkle.
- the least bit: I didn't sleep a wink last night.
- wink at, to ignore deliberately, as to avoid the necessity of taking action: to wink at minor offenses.
Origin of wink1
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- a disk or similar small object used in tiddlywinks.
Origin of wink2
Examples from the Web for 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
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
- (intr) to close and open one eye quickly, deliberately, or in an exaggerated fashion to convey friendliness, etc
- to close and open (an eye or the eyes) momentarily
- (tr; foll by away, back, etc) to force away (tears, etc) by winking
- (tr) to signal with a wink
- (intr) (of a light) to gleam or flash intermittently
- a winking movement, esp one conveying a signal, etc, or such a signal
- an interrupted flashing of light
- a brief moment of time; instant
- informal the smallest amount, esp of sleepSee also forty winks
- tip the wink British informal to give a hint
- a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks
Word Origin and History 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.
- 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.
Idioms and Phrases with wink
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink