Etymology
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wink (v.)

Old English wincian "to blink, wink, close one's eyes quickly," from Proto-Germanic *wink- (source also of Dutch winken, Old High German winkan "move sideways, stagger; nod," German winken "to wave, wink"), a gradational variant of the root of Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover," from PIE root *weng- "to bend, curve." The meaning "close an eye as a hint or signal" is first recorded c. 1100; that of "close one's eyes (to fault or irregularity)" first attested late 15c. Related: Winked; winking.

wink (n.)

"a quick shutting and opening of the eyes," c. 1300, from wink (v.); meaning "very brief moment of time" is attested from 1580s.

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Definitions of wink
1
wink (v.)
signal by winking;
She winked at him
wink (v.)
gleam or glow intermittently;
Synonyms: flash / blink / twinkle / winkle
wink (v.)
briefly shut the eyes;
Synonyms: blink / nictitate / nictate
wink (v.)
keep back by blinking;
Synonyms: blink / blink away
2
wink (n.)
a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat);
Synonyms: blink of an eye / flash / heartbeat / instant / jiffy / split second / trice / twinkling / New York minute
wink (n.)
closing one eye quickly as a signal;
wink (n.)
a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly;
Synonyms: blink / eye blink / blinking / winking / nictitation / nictation
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