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



BrE BrE//wɪŋk//
; NAmE NAmE//wɪŋk//
Facial expressions
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  • an act of winking, especially as a signal to somebody He gave her a knowing wink. He directed a conspiratorial wink at his son. see also forty winks See related entries: Facial expressions
  • Word OriginOld English wincian ‘close the eyes’, of Germanic origin; related to German winken ‘to wave’, also to wince.Idioms
    a nod and a wink, a nod is as good as a wink
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    used to say that a suggestion or a hint will be understood, without anything more being said Everything could be done by a nod and a wink.
    not get/have a wink of sleep, not sleep a wink
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    to not be able to sleep I didn't get a wink of sleep last night. I hardly slept a wink.
    nudge nudge, wink wink, a nudge and a wink
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    used to suggest something to do with sex without actually saying it They've been spending a lot of time together, nudge nudge, wink wink.
    tip somebody the wink, tip the wink to somebody
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    (British English, informal) to give somebody secret information that they can use to gain an advantage for themselves There’s no way he would have bought those shares if someone in the company hadn’t tipped him the wink.
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: wink