Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To twinkle, sparkle.
  • n. A twinkle; a glint.
  • n. The chaffinch.
  • n. A young, attractive, slim male, usually having little body hair.
  • n. A weak or effeminate man, whether gay or not.
  • n. A player in a multi-user dungeon who engages in obnoxious or abusive behaviour.
  • n. A generic term for correction fluid or correction tape.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A wink; a twinkling.
  • n. The chaffinch.
  • intransitive v. To twinkle.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To wink.
  • To pour out in bird-notes; twitter; chirp.
  • n. A wink; a twinkling.
  • n. The chaffinch.

Etymologies

Cognate with Middle High German zwinken (German zwinkern). (Wiktionary)
Imitative. (Wiktionary)
From twinkie. (Wiktionary)
From the name of the Twink brand of correction fluid. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • It had been very sparing also in its use of the Chaffinch's note, until one in the neighbourhood had begun to _twink, twink, twink_; then the

    Essays in Natural History and Agriculture

  • "This was always known as the twink and drag bar," said Scott Noxon, the club's owner, adding that a "twink" is a thin, youthful man and "drag," well, some men look great in women's clothes, especially when they dance and do back flips in 4-inch high heels.

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  • So I cringe when a local newsperson shoves a microphone in the face of some young 95-pound twink (Straight Translation: a twink is a skinny homosexual with a lot of moxie).

    Max Mutchnick: Where Is My Martin Luther Queen?

  • In the adult world, Brent was considered a "twink"; a young, attractive star with a look that could be considered Disney-esque.

    Lee Stranahan: Is Hollywood Ready for a Gay Male Adult Actor in Mainstream Roles?

  • In this context the derogatory concept "twink" becomes honorary, and while everybody hate meeting twinks in the battlegrounds, having them on our side is not a social stigma, but a nice convenience.

    Gold, status and twinking

  • He invited me to visit his home in Palm Springs from San Francisco, and though I should have known better, I had no idea that I was being invited as his "twink" for the weekend to share his bed.

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  • There was another guest for the weekend, the famous fashion designer for Republican First Ladies, James Galanos, and he had invited his own "twink" for the weekend, a very silly young man from San Francisco who was trying to make it in the fashion biz by sleeping with older designers.

    The Ghost of Steve Chase 2

  • Chas/Matt say: RMT.. is really no different from having a higher-level player 'twink' out your character with freebies...

    Question 3: Virtual Property

  • Guilds primarily function as twinking environments, large guilds anyway a "twink" doesn't have to be the alt of a veteran player.

    Who’s Rulz?

  • A "twink" is a low-level character made by someone with a higher level character.

    Who’s Rulz?

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  • in roleplaying games in general, and not just mmorpgs, a twink is another word for min/maxer, metagamer, or power player of one sort or another. someone whose character is far too powerful to be interesting, tolerable, or sensible, and for no reason.

    October 22, 2009

  • Theory (a) seems like clever retrofitting. Back in the day (my day, the early 90s), in bars you tended to hear "twinkie" (perhaps because sweet and empty-headed = sweet and empty calories?) as much as "twink"; the short form really developed more as a category of porn on the internet (where character is rarely evident) than as a description of a certain kind of actual person.

    October 21, 2009

  • An attractive, boyish-looking, young gay man. The stereotypical twink is 18-22, slender with little or no body hair, often blonde, dresses in club wear even at 10:00 AM, and is not particularly intelligent. A twink is the gay answer to the blonde bimbo cheerleader.

    There are two major theories about the origin of this word, both of which probably have elements of truth to them.

    a) Twink comes from an acronym T.W.I.N.K. "Teenage, White, Into No Kink."

    b) Twink is a shortening of the name for the famous "TWINKIE" snack cake: a tasty, cream-filled snack with no nutritional value. The phallic shape of the "TWINKIE" snack cake should not escape the reader's attention.

    October 21, 2009

  • In an MMORPG, a veteran player who makes a new character and gives a bunch of top-shelf equipment from their older, maxed-out characters to the new character.

    October 21, 2009