When you wink, you quickly close and open one eye. Sometimes a wink indicates a joke, a secret, or affection — and sometimes it just means you got something in your eye.

Whenever your jokester uncle winks at you, it's like a private signal letting you know that the next thing he says will be a tall tale. Your best friend's wink might mean "Can you believe what the math teacher just said?" A wink is an often humorous way to communicate without speaking — but it requires some understanding between the winker and the person seeing the wink. Otherwise, it's nothing but an eye twitch.

Definitions of wink
  1. noun
    a reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
    synonyms: blink, blinking, eye blink, nictation, nictitation, winking
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    repeated blinking or winking (especially if uncontrolled and persistent)
    type of:
    inborn reflex, innate reflex, instinctive reflex, physiological reaction, reflex, reflex action, reflex response, unconditioned reflex
    an automatic instinctive unlearned reaction to a stimulus
  2. noun
    closing one eye quickly as a signal
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    type of:
    facial expression, facial gesture
    a gesture executed with the facial muscles
  3. noun
    a very short time (as the time it takes the eye to blink or the heart to beat)
  4. verb
    briefly shut the eyes
    synonyms: blink, nictate, nictitate
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    wink or blink, especially repeatedly
    bat, flutter
    wink briefly
    type of:
    act involuntarily, act reflexively
    act in an uncontrolled manner
  5. verb
    force to go away by blinking
    synonyms: blink, blink away
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    type of:
    conquer, curb, inhibit, stamp down, subdue, suppress
    to put down by force or authority
  6. verb
    signal by winking
    “She winked at him”
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    type of:
    gesticulate, gesture, motion
    show, express, or direct through movement
  7. verb
    gleam or glow intermittently
    synonyms: blink, flash, twinkle, winkle
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    flick, flicker
    flash intermittently
    type of:
    cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays
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