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WINK, v.i. [G. Wink and wince are radically one word.]

1. To shut the eyes; to close the eyelids.

They are not blind, but they wink.

2. To close and open the eyelids.

3. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids.

Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate.

4. To close the eyelids and exclude the light.

Or wink as cowards and afraid.

5. To be dim; as a winking light.

To wink at, to connive at; to seem not to see; to tolerate; to overlook, as something not perfectly agreeable; as, to wink at faults.

WINK, n.

1. The act of closing the eyelids. I lay awake, and could not sleep a wink.

I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink.

2. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.



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WINK, v.i. [G. Wink and wince are radically one word.]

1. To shut the eyes; to close the eyelids.

They are not blind, but they wink.

2. To close and open the eyelids.

3. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids.

Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate.

4. To close the eyelids and exclude the light.

Or wink as cowards and afraid.

5. To be dim; as a winking light.

To wink at, to connive at; to seem not to see; to tolerate; to overlook, as something not perfectly agreeable; as, to wink at faults.

WINK, n.

1. The act of closing the eyelids. I lay awake, and could not sleep a wink.

I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink.

2. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.

WINK, n.

  1. The act of closing the eyelids. I lay awake and could not sleep a wink. I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink. – Donne.
  2. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast. – Swift.

WINK, v.i. [Sax. wincian; D. wenken; G. winken; Sw. vinka; Dan. vinker; W. gwing, a wink; gwingaw, to wriggle, to wink, to wince. Wink and wince are radically one word.]

  1. To shut the eyes; to close the eyelids. They are not blind, but they wink. – Tillotson.
  2. To close and open the eyelids.
  3. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids. Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate. – Swift.
  4. To close the eyelids and exclude the light. Or wink as cowards and afraid. – Prior.
  5. To be dim; as, a winking light. – Dryden. To wink at, to connive at; to seem not to see; to tolerate; to overlook, as something not perfectly agreeable; as, to wink at faults. – Roscommon.

Wink
  1. To nod; to sleep; to nap.

    [Obs.] "Although I wake or wink." Chaucer.
  2. To cause (the eyes) to wink.

    [Colloq.]
  3. The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.

    I have not slept one wink. Shak.

    I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink. Donne.

  4. To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion.

    He must wink, so loud he would cry. Chaucer.

    And I will wink, so shall the day seem night. Shak.

    They are not blind, but they wink. Tillotson.

  5. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.

    Sir. P. Sidney.

    The stockjobber thus from Change Alley goes down,
    And tips you, the freeman, a wink.
    Swift.

  6. To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink.

    A baby of some three months old, who winked, and turned aside its little face from the too vivid light of day. Hawthorne.

  7. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only.

    Wink at the footman to leave him without a plate. Swift.

  8. To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; -- generally with at.

    The times of this ignorance God winked at. Acts xvii. 30.

    And yet, as though he knew it not,
    His knowledge winks, and lets his humors reign.
    Herbert.

    Obstinacy can not be winked at, but must be subdued. Locke.

  9. To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks.

    Winking monkey (Zoöl.), the white- nosed monkey (Cersopithecus nictitans).

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Wink

WINK, verb intransitive [G. wink and wince are radically one word.]

1. To shut the eyes; to close the eyelids.

They are not blind, but they wink

2. To close and open the eyelids.

3. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids.

WINK at the footman to leave him without a plate.

4. To close the eyelids and exclude the light.

Or wink as cowards and afraid.

5. To be dim; as a winking light.

To wink at, to connive at; to seem not to see; to tolerate; to overlook, as something not perfectly agreeable; as, to wink at faults.

WINK, noun

1. The act of closing the eyelids. I lay awake, and could not sleep a wink

I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink

2. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.

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