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winkle

[ wing-kuhl ]
/ ˈwɪŋ kəl /
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noun

any of various marine gastropods; periwinkle1.

verb (used with object), win·kled, win·kling.

Informal. to pry (something) out of a place, as winkle meat is dug out of its shell with a pin (usually followed by out).

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Origin of winkle

First recorded in 1575–85; short for periwinkle1
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winkle
/ (ˈwɪŋkəl) /

noun

verb

(tr; usually foll by out, out of, etc) informal, mainly British to extract or prise out

Word Origin for winkle

C16: shortened from periwinkle 1
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