Wink. n.s. [from the verb.]
- Act of closing the eye.
You doing thus,
To the perpetual wink for ay might put
This ancient moral. Shakespeare's Tempest.
Since I receiv'd command to do this business,
I have not slept one wink. Shakes. Cymbeline.
The beams so reverend and strong,
Do'st thou not think
I could eclipse and cloud them with a wink,
But that I would not lose her sight so long? Donne.
It raged so all night, that I could not sleep a wink. Temple.
Not write! but then I think;
And for my soul I cannot sleep a wink. Pope.
- A hint given by motion of the eye.
Her wink each bold attempt forbids. Sidney.
The stockjobber thus from 'Change-alley goes down,
And tips you the freeman a wink;
Let me have but your vote to serve for the town,
And here is a guinea to drink. Swift.