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Origin of wink

1
before 900; (v.) Middle English winken, Old English wincian; cognate with German winken to wave, signal; (noun) Middle English: nap, derivative of the v.

SYNONYMS FOR wink

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.

OTHER WORDS FROM wink

wink·ing·ly, adverbun·wink·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wink at (1 of 3)

wink at

verb

(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregardthe authorities winked at corruption

British Dictionary definitions for wink at (2 of 3)

wink1
/ (wɪŋk) /

verb

noun

Word Origin for wink

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

British Dictionary definitions for wink at (3 of 3)

wink2
/ (wɪŋk) /

noun

a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks

Word Origin for wink

C20: shortened from tiddlywinks
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Medical definitions for wink at

wink
[ wĭngk ]

v.

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.

n.

A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
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Idioms and Phrases with wink at (1 of 2)

wink at

Deliberately overlook, pretend not to see, as in Sometimes it's wise to wink at a friend's shortcomings. This idiom, first recorded in 1537, uses wink in the sense of “close one's eyes.”

Idioms and Phrases with wink at (2 of 2)

wink

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