verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of wink1
Synonyms for wink
Origin of wink2
Examples from the Web for winks
Contemporary Examples of winks
He winks, smacks his lips and frantically drains the go-cup.The Stacks: The Neville Brothers Stake Their Claim as Bards of the Bayou
John Ed Bradley
April 27, 2014
The SEC adds the case to the list, sends the money to the Treasury, and winks at the public.$614M SAC Capital Settlement a Sign of Wall Street’s Cynical Calculus
March 19, 2013
White House staffers were warned not to leak anything before the session with Roberts, but there were winks and nudges.How President Obama, in Six Days, Decided to Come Out for Gay Marriage
May 10, 2012
Then he gets up from the table, turns around, smiles, and winks.Oscars, Start Your Engines!
September 6, 2011
But, her support is not explicitly clear and instead seems to be nods and winks to what she really believes.Is Palin for Gay Rights?
February 10, 2011
Historical Examples of winks
They drew one another's attention to it with winks and nods of the head.L'Assommoir
"I think about forty minutes of winks, Father Dan," he replied.
I'm beginning to think that I, too, took forty winks during the reading of that paper.
Flaps his hands in his side-pockets, Winks to all the throng below!The Bon Gaultier Ballads
William Edmonstoune Aytoun
Then I winks at the row of lady typists and strolls in, calm and easy.Torchy
Word Origin for wink
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.
In addition to the idiom beginning with wink
- wink at
- forty winks
- quick as a wink
- sleep a wink