- 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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Examples from the Web for winking
There are plenty of other vigilantes interested in torturing gay men with the winking semi-approval of the authorities.Jail Won't Stop Russia's Anti-Gay Psycho
August 20, 2014
There was another funny tweet about you winking at your crush… do you have a celebrity crush?‘Game of Thrones’ Star Maisie Williams on Arya Stark’s S4 Journey and Her Crush on Andrew Garfield
June 23, 2014
Who knows how much of that kind of winking is taking place on the House floor now?The House GOP’s Down-Low, Backhanded Endorsement of Obamacare
April 7, 2014
But with winking acquiescence, the FDA, though nominally still watching over shoulders, more or less disappeared.New Study Says Doctors Can’t “Just Say No” to Their Patients
March 31, 2014
When Ben Stiller showed up in full blue Navi makeup in 2010 to mock Avatar, the winking frivolity of it all was hysterical.Breaking: The Oscars Might Not Suck This Year
February 27, 2014
"Yes," assented, Stoliker, winking quietly at the professor.In the Midst of Alarms
At which he fell a winking, and the whole company burst into a laugh.Joseph Andrews Vol. 1
They remained behind, winking at each other, and waiting still for Charles.The Channings
Mrs. Henry Wood
Mr. Stryver was lying back on his sofa, winking at his ceiling.A Tale of Two Cities
Boche and Bibi-the-Smoker snickered at the nudes, pointing them out to each other and winking.L'Assommoir
- (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 winking
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 winking
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink