I found myself obliged to wink back the tears which came along with my laughter.
She turned and looked over the rail, struggling to wink back her tears.
They will all no doubt wear as long as we need them, and wink on long after we have ceased to wink back.
Betty, stealing a glance at her, saw her wink back the tears.
It makes him feel himself a man to wink back those tears of pain.
It isnt my watch; but I lowed Id lie here on this cod-trap an wink back at the stars.
The strokes were so strong that each one made little half-asleep Carl wink; and the stars seemed to wink back to him each time.
And the other two would take it up and wink back solemn as mummers.
Old English wincian "to nod, wink," from Proto-Germanic *wenkanan (cf. Dutch wenken, Old High German winkan, German winken), a gradational variant of the root of Old High German wankon "to stagger, totter," Old Norse vakka "to stray, hover," from PIE *weng- "to bend, curve." The meaning "close an eye as a hint or signal" is first recorded c.1100; that of "close one's eyes to fault or irregularity" first attested late 15c. Related: Winked; winking.
c.1300, from wink (v.); meaning "very brief moment of time" is attested from 1580s.
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.