1[intransitive,transitive]blink (something)when you blink or blink your eyes or your eyes blink, you shut and open your eyes quicklyHe blinked in the bright sunlight.Lucy blinked at him in astonishment.I'll be back before you can blink(= very quickly).When I told him the news he didn't even blink(= showed no surprise at all).comparewink
2[intransitive]to shine with an unsteady light; to flash on and offSuddenly a warning light blinked.
Word OriginMiddle English: from blenk, Scots variant of blench, reinforced by Middle Dutchblinken
. Early senses included ‘deceive’, ‘flinch’ (compare with blench), and also ‘open the eyes after sleep’: hence sense (1) (mid 16th cent.).Extra examplesHe blinked in surprise.She blinked at him, astonished.She had to blink back her tears before she continued her story.Phrasal Verbsblink back something