A child gives a funny wink.
An example of wink is how a person could flirt with someone across a crowded room.
- to close the eyelids and open them again quickly
- to close one eyelid and open it again quickly, as a signal, etc.
- to be closed and opened in this way: said of the eye
- to shine intermittently; twinkle
Origin of winkMiddle English winken from Old English wincian, akin to German winken: see winch
- to make (the eyes or an eye) wink
- to move, remove, etc. by winking: usually with back or away: to wink back tears
- to signal or express by winking
- the act of winking
- the time occupied by this; an instant
- a tiny interval (of sleep)
- a signal, hint, etc. given by winking
- a twinkle or twinkling
verbwinked, wink·ing, winks
- To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
- To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.
- To shine fitfully; twinkle: Harbor lights were winking in the distance.
- To close and open (an eye or the eyes) rapidly.
- To signal or express by winking: winked his agreement.
- a. The act of winking.b. A signal or hint conveyed by winking.
- The very brief time required for a wink; an instant.
- A quick closing and opening of the eyelids; a blink.
- A gleam or twinkle.
- Informal A brief period of sleep.
Origin of winkMiddle English winken to close one's eyes from Old English wincian
(third-person singular simple present winks, present participle winking, simple past and past participle winked)
- They are not blind, but they wink.
- (archaic, intransitive) To turn a blind eye.
- (intransitive) To blink with only one eye as a message, signal, or suggestion.
- He winked at me.
- She winked her eye.
- (intransitive) To twinkle.
- (intransitive) To be dim and flicker.
- The light winks.
- To send an indication of agreement by winking.
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 *winkanÄ… (“to move side to side, sway"), *winkÅnÄ… (“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 wÃ¤Ã¤nke, Dutch wenken (“to beckon, motion"), Latin vacillare (“sway"), Lithuanian vÃ©ngti (“to swerve, avoid"), Albanian vang (“tire, felloe"), Sanskrit [script?] (vaÃ±cati, “he swaggers"). [Devanagari?]
wink - Computer Definition
(1) See Wink hub.
(2) A short control signal in telephony operations. It can be a single pulse, a brief interruption of a continuous tone, a change of bits or a change in polarity of the signal. For example, a momentary interruption (the wink) of a continuous, single-frequency tone is a signal that the receiving device is ready. The momentary interruption (the wink) of current to the light next to a telephone's hold button causes it to flicker as a signal to the user that the line is on hold.