- any of various gastropod mollusks that are very destructive to oysters and clams
Informal to pry or rout from cover, secrecy, etc.: with out, out of, etc.
Origin of winkle; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
transitive verbwin·kled, win·kling, win·kles Chiefly British
To pry, extract, or force from a place or position. Often used with out.
Origin of winkleFrom winkle1 (from the process of extracting periwinkles from their shells).
Short for periwinkle.