from The Century Dictionary.

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

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Any periwinkle.
  • noun Any one of various marine spiral gastropods, esp., in the United States, either of two species of Fulgar (Fulgar canaliculata, and Fulgar carica).
  • noun a European spinose marine shell (Murex erinaceus). See Illust. of Murex.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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


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  • 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

  • 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

  • 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

  • This word saved my life today.

    December 9, 2008

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    December 9, 2008

  • See here.

    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

  • 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

  • "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