v. i.

  1. To nod; to sleep; to nap.
  2. To shut the eyes quickly; to close the eyelids with a quick motion.
  3. To close and open the eyelids quickly; to nictitate; to blink.
  4. To give a hint by a motion of the eyelids, often those of one eye only.
  5. To avoid taking notice, as if by shutting the eyes; to connive at anything; to be tolerant; -- generally with at.
  6. To be dim and flicker; as, the light winks.

v. t.

  1. To cause (the eyes) to wink.


  1. The act of closing, or closing and opening, the eyelids quickly; hence, the time necessary for such an act; a moment.
  2. A hint given by shutting the eye with a significant cast.