- 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.
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- (intr, preposition) to connive at; disregardthe authorities winked at corruption
- (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
Word Origin for wink
- a disc used in the game of tiddlywinks
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.
- 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.
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.”
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink