[ wingk ]
/ wɪŋk /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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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Origin of wink1
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.
OTHER WORDS FROM winkwink·ing·ly, adverbun·wink·ing, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for wink at (1 of 3)
(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregardthe authorities winked at corruption
British Dictionary definitions for wink at (2 of 3)
/ (wɪŋk) /
(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
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)
/ (wɪŋk) /
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
[ 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 at (1 of 2)
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)
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink
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