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twink

[twingk] /twɪŋk/
verb (used without object), verb (used with object), noun
1.
wink.
2.
Origin
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English twinken; cognate with German zwinken to wink; akin to twinkle
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British Dictionary definitions for twink

twink

/twɪŋk/
noun
1.
(NZ) white correction fluid for deleting written text

twinkling

/ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ/
noun
1.
a very short time; instant; moment Also called twinkling of an eye
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Word Origin and History for twink
n.

c.1400, "a winking of the eye," also "a twinkle" (1830), from twinkle. Meaning "young sexually attractive person" is recorded from 1963, probably from Twinkies (see Twinkie); but cf. 1920s-30s British homosexual slang twank in a similar sense.

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Slang definitions & phrases for twink

twiddle

noun

The tilde, a diacritical mark used especially in Spanish

verb

To change something in a small way; tweak (1980s+ Computer)


try out

verb phrase

To apply for something; become a candidate: I think I may try out for the choir this year (1900s+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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twink in Technology


/twink/ [UCSC] Equivalent to read-only user. Also reported on the Usenet group soc.motss; may derive from gay slang for a cute young thing with nothing upstairs (compare mainstream "chick").

The Free On-line Dictionary of Computing, © Denis Howe 2010 http://foldoc.org
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