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blinking

[bling-king] /ˈblɪŋ kɪŋ/
adjective, adverb, Chiefly British
1.
(used as an intensifier):
He's a blinking idiot.
Origin
1910-1915
1910-15; blink + -ing2
Related forms
blinkingly, adverb

blink

[blingk] /blɪŋk/
verb (used without object)
1.
to open and close the eye, especially involuntarily; wink rapidly and repeatedly.
2.
to look with winking or half-shut eyes:
I blinked at the harsh morning light.
3.
to be startled, surprised, or dismayed (usually followed by at):
She blinked at his sudden fury.
4.
to look evasively or with indifference; ignore (often followed by at):
to blink at another's eccentricities.
5.
to shine unsteadily, dimly, or intermittently; twinkle:
The light on the buoy blinked in the distance.
verb (used with object)
6.
to open and close (the eye or eyes), usually rapidly and repeatedly; wink:
She blinked her eyes in an effort to wake up.
7.
to cause (something) to blink:
We blinked the flashlight frantically, but there was no response.
8.
to ignore deliberately; evade; shirk.
noun
9.
an act of blinking:
The faithful blink of the lighthouse.
10.
a gleam; glimmer:
There was not a blink of light anywhere.
11.
Chiefly Scot. a glance or glimpse.
12.
Meteorology.
  1. iceblink.
  2. snowblink.
Idioms
13.
on the blink, not in proper working order; in need of repair:
The washing machine is on the blink again.
Origin
1250-1300; Middle English blinken (v.), variant of blenken to blench1; cognate with Dutch, German blinken
Synonyms
1. See wink1 . 8. overlook, disregard, avoid, condone. 9. wink, flicker, twinkle, flutter.
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Examples for blinking
  • Each blinking pattern is an optical signal that helps fireflies find potential mates.
  • They have been chased off their farm with a suddenness that has left them blinking in bewilderment.
  • Without blinking or slowing down, they made the loop at the end of the canyon, the video camera panning all the while.
  • Carr writes about his own inability to concentrate amid all the hypertext links, new-mail pings and blinking banner ads.
  • At two o'clock he wakened me from my slumbers in the smoking-room arm-chair, and led me blinking into the dark starry night.
  • Here's the creepy part-the mechanism's been tested on cadavers, which are blinking away.
  • Try looking at the pictures without blinking or moving at all.
  • Abruptly, the craft began to motor around the pool on its own, with lights blinking.
  • The radiation dose is totally trivial compared to what your doctor would prescribe without blinking an eye.
  • Both hidden their true selves with charisma and lies without blinking an eye.
British Dictionary definitions for blinking

blinking

/ˈblɪŋkɪŋ/
adjective, adverb
1.
(informal) (intensifier) a blinking fool, a blinking good film

blink

/blɪŋk/
verb
1.
to close and immediately reopen (the eyes or an eye), usually involuntarily
2.
(intransitive) to look with the eyes partially closed, as in strong sunlight
3.
to shine intermittently, as in signalling, or unsteadily
4.
(transitive; foll by away, from, etc) to clear the eyes of (dust, tears, etc)
5.
when tr, usually foll by at. to be surprised or amazed he blinked at the splendour of the ceremony
6.
when intr, foll by at. to pretend not to know or see (a fault, injustice, etc)
noun
7.
the act or an instance of blinking
8.
a glance; glimpse
9.
short for iceblink (sense 1)
10.
(slang) on the blink, not working properly
Word Origin
C14: variant of blench1; related to Middle Dutch blinken to glitter, Danish blinke to wink, Swedish blinka
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Word Origin and History for blinking

blink

v.

1580s, perhaps from Middle Dutch blinken "to glitter," of uncertain origin, possibly, with German blinken "to gleam, sparkle, twinkle," from a nasalized form of base found in Old English blican "to shine, glitter" (see bleach (v.)).

Middle English had blynke (c.1300) in the sense "a brief gleam or spark," perhaps a variant of blench "to move suddenly or sharply; to raise one's eyelids" (c.1200), perhaps from the rare Old English blencan "deceive." Related: Blinked; blinking. The last, as a euphemism for a stronger word, is attested by 1914.

n.

1590s, "a glance;" see blink (v.). As is the case with the verb, there is a similar word in Middle English, in use from c.1300, that might represent a native form of the same root.

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Slang definitions & phrases for blinking

blinking

modifier

Fucking: I hate the whole blinking lot of them •Euphemistic substitute for a strong expletive (1914+)


blink

verb

To blink one's eyes in a face-to-face confrontation, a sign of weakness; back down: NBC Entertainment President thinks ABC has blinked (mid1980s+)

Related Terms

on the blink


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