An example of wink is how a person could flirt with someone across a crowded room.
Harbor lights were winking in the distance.
Winked his agreement.
To wink back tears.
They are not blind, but they wink.
The light winks.
- To pretend not to see, as in connivance.
Idioms and Phrasal Verbs
Origin of wink
- Middle English winken to close one's eyes from Old English wincian
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- 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?]