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Definition of wink verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    wink

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//wɪŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋk//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they wink
    BrE BrE//wɪŋk//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋk//
     
    he / she / it winks
    BrE BrE//wɪŋks//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋks//
     
    past simple winked
    BrE BrE//wɪŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋkt//
     
    past participle winked
    BrE BrE//wɪŋkt//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋkt//
     
    -ing form winking
    BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋkɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋkɪŋ//
     
    Facial expressions
     
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  1. 1[intransitive] wink (at somebody) to close one eye and open it again quickly, especially as a private signal to somebody, or to show something is a joke He winked at her and she knew he was thinking the same thing that she was. compare blink See related entries: Facial expressions
  2. 2[intransitive] to shine with an unsteady light; to flash on and off synonym blink We could see the lights of the ship winking in the distance.
  3. Word Origin Old English wincian ‘close the eyes’, of Germanic origin; related to German winken ‘to wave’, also to wince.Extra examples He winked broadly at Lucinda. I saw him wink at her. She winked at me, and I winked back. She winked knowingly at Jack. Phrasal Verbswink at something
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