White House staffers were warned not to leak anything before the session with Roberts, but there were winks and nudges.
Then he gets up from the table, turns around, smiles, and winks.
He winks, smacks his lips and frantically drains the go-cup.
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.
To win easily; be a confident victor (1896+)