Wink - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |wɪŋk|  American pronunciation of the word wink
Brit.  |wɪŋk|  British pronunciation of the word wink


- a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat) (syn: flash, heartbeat, instant, jiffy, trice, twinkling)
- closing one eye quickly as a signal
- a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly (syn: blink, blinking, nictation, nictitation, winking)


- signal by winking
- gleam or glow intermittently (syn: blink, flash, twinkle, winkle)
- briefly shut the eyes (syn: blink, nictate, nictitate)
- keep back by blinking (syn: blink)


He winked and said that he understood.

She winked at me as she asked what I was doing tonight.

She winked an eye at me.

The puppy was winking in the bright sun.

The stars winked in the night sky.

The airplane's landing lights winked on and off.

Her wink told me she was just kidding.

“I knew you could do it,” he said with a wink.

He winked towards Nicholas with a degree of familiarity.

The police winked at illegal gambling.

A wink is as good as a nod to a blind horse.

He winked mischievously at Erica.

He winked an eye at his companion.

He gave her a wink.

'You look tired,' he said with a knowing wink.

Word forms

I/you/we/they: wink
he/she/it: winks
present participle: winking
past tense: winked
past participle: winked
singular: wink
plural: winks
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