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

 

winkle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋkl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they winkle
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋkl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋkl//
 
he / she / it winkles
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋklz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋklz//
 
past simple winkled
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋkld//
 
past participle winkled
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋkld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋkld//
 
-ing form winkling
BrE BrE//ˈwɪŋklɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈwɪŋklɪŋ//
 
 
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(British English, informal) Word Origin late 16th cent.: shortening of periwinkle sense 2. Phrasal Verbswinkle out somebodywinkle something out of somebody