|1.||(intr) to close and open one eye quickly, deliberately, or in an exaggerated fashion to convey friendliness, etc|
|2.||to close and open (an eye or the eyes) momentarily|
|4.||(tr) to signal with a wink|
|5.||(intr) (of a light) to gleam or flash intermittently|
|6.||a winking movement, esp one conveying a signal, etc, or such a signal|
|7.||an interrupted flashing of light|
|8.||a brief moment of time; instant|
|9.||informal See also forty winks the smallest amount, esp of sleep|
|10.||informal (Brit) tip the wink to give a hint|
|[Old English wincian; related to Old Saxon wincon, Old High German winchan, German winken to wave. See |
|(intr, preposition) to connive at; disregard: the authorities winked at corruption|
v. winked, wink·ing, winks
To close and open the eyelid of one eye deliberately, as to convey a message, signal, or suggestion.
To close and open the eyelids of both eyes; blink.
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Deliberately overlook, pretend not to see, as in Sometimes it's wise to wink at a friend's shortcomings. This idiom, first recorded in 1537, uses wink in the sense of "close one's eyes."