Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Zoology A periwinkle.
  • transitive v. Chiefly British To pry, extract, or force from a place or position. Often used with out.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, especially, in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (F. canaliculata and F. carica).
  • n. The penis, especially that of a boy rather than that of a man.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Any periwinkle.
  • n. Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (Fulgar canaliculata, and Fulgar carica).

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • A dialectal variant of wankle.
  • n. Same as periwinkle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. gleam or glow intermittently
  • v. remove or displace from a position
  • n. small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
  • n. edible marine gastropod
  • v. emit or reflect light in a flickering manner

Etymologies

From winkle1 (from the process of extracting periwinkles from their shells).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • "A genuine Clarence Elliott widger - an invaluable pocket gadget for innumerable uses in the Garden and elsewhere -- widging out small weeds, or dibbing in seedlings, or even winkling open the morning mail." Advertisement in the British agricultural quarterly The Countryman, Autumn, 1957, p. 407.

    October 2, 2009

  • Wee Willie Winkle
    Runs through the town
    Upstairs, downstairs, in his nightgown
    Tapping at the window, crying through the lock
    Are the children in their beds?
    It’s now eight o’clock!

    *doesn't quite know where to begin...*

    December 9, 2008

  • I wouldn't put a tiggy-winkle in the Xerox.
    Ein geschenktes Schwein wirft man nicht im* Rhein
    Was der Zigeuner nicht kennt wird im Feuer verbrennt.


    *: yeah, it probably should be 'in den'. Poetic license bitches! Sue me.

    December 9, 2008

  • See here.

    December 9, 2008

  • How so, frogapplause?

    December 9, 2008

  • This word saved my life today.

    December 9, 2008

  • This was my sister's kitten's name when I was a kid. It was named after a ski-lift somewhere near Engelberg in Switzerland. The originally spelling was probably Winkel but I always thought of it as Winkle.

    July 19, 2008

  • Nursie: "You almost were a boy, my little cherry pip.."
    Queenie: "What?"
    Nursie: "Yeah, out you popped out of you mummy's tumkin and everyone shouted, 'It's a boy! It's a boy!', then somebody said, 'but he doesn't have a winkle.' Then, I said, 'A boy without a winkle? God be praised it's a miracle: a boy without a winkle!' And then, Sir Thomas Moore pointed out that a boy without a winkle is a girl. And everyone was really disappointed.."
    -- Blackadder, Season Two, Episode 1: Bells

    July 19, 2008

  • He argue-bargues with you like a winkle that won't come out of its shell.
    --William F. De Morgan, 1906, Joseph Vance

    November 8, 2007