- any of various gastropod mollusks that are very destructive to oysters and clams
transitive verb-·kled, -·kling
Informal to pry or rout from cover, secrecy, etc.: with out, out of, etc.
Origin of winklefrom 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 winkle 1 ( from the process of extracting periwinkles from their shells )
Short for periwinkle.