American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
- v. To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink. See Synonyms at blink.
- v. To shine fitfully; twinkle: Harbor lights were winking in the distance.
- v. To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
- v. To signal or express by winking.
- n. The act of winking.
- n. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
- n. The very brief time required for a wink; an instant.
- n. A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
- n. A gleam or twinkle.
- n. Informal A brief period of sleep.
- wink at To pretend not to see: winked at corruption in the ministry.
- wink out To come to a close; end.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To close and open the eyelids quickly; of the eyes, to be opened and shut quickly; blink; nictitate.
- To shut the eyes; close the eyelids so as not to see.
- To be wilfully blind or ignorant; avoid notice or recognition, as of an annoying or troublesome fact; ignore; connive: often followed by at.
- To close the eyes in sleep; sleep.
- To convey a hint, wish, insinuation, etc., by a quick shutting and opening usually of one eye.
- To twinkle; shine with quick, irregular gleams; flash; sparkle.
- To close and open quickly: as, to wink the eyelids or the eyes.
- To move, force, or remove by winking: as, to wink back one's tears.
- n. A quick shutting and opening of the eyelids; especially, such a movement of one eye made as a signal; hence, a hint, insinuation, command, etc., conveyed by or as by winking.
- n. A nap; sleep.
- n. The time required for winking once; a very short space of time; a moment: referring usually to sleep.
- n. A twinkle; a sparkle; a flash.
- n. A periwinkle. See periwinkle, and first quotation under wash, n., 13.
- v. obsolete, intransitive To close one's eyes.
- v. archaic, intransitive To turn a blind eye.
- v. intransitive To blink with only one eye as a message, signal, or suggestion.
- v. intransitive To twinkle.
- v. transitive To send an indication of agreement by winking.
- n. An act of winking (a blinking of only one eye), or a message sent by winking.
- n. A brief time; an instant.
- n. A brief period of sleep; especially forty winks.
- n. A disc used in the game of tiddlywinks.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. obsolete To nod; to sleep; to nap.
- v. To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion.
- v. To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink.
- v. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only.
- v. To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; -- generally with
- v. To be dim and flicker.
- v. colloq. To cause (the eyes) to wink.
- n. The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.
- n. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.
- v. gleam or glow intermittently
- v. force to go away by blinking
- n. a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
- v. briefly shut the eyes
- v. signal by winking
- n. a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
- n. closing one eye quickly as a signal
- From Middle English winken (strong verb) and Middle English winken (weak verb), from Old English *wincan (strong verb) and wincian ("to wink, make a sign, close the eyes, blink", weak verb), from Proto-Germanic *winkanan (“to move side to side, sway”), *winkōnan (“to close one's eyes”), from Proto-Indo-European *weng- (“to bow, bend, arch, curve”). Cognate with Middle Low German winken ("to blink, wink"), German winken ("to nod, beckon, make a sign"). Related also to East Frisian wäänke, Dutch wenken ("to beckon, motion"), Latin vacillare ("sway"), Lithuanian véngti ("to swerve, avoid"), Albanian (vang, "tire, felloe"), Sanskrit (vañcati, "he swaggers"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English winken, to close one's eyes, from Old English wincian. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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