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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Blink
  1. To wink; to twinkle with, or as with, the eye."One eye was blinking, and one leg was lame." [Pope]
  2. To see with the eyes half shut, or indistinctly and with frequent winking, as a person with weak eyes."Show me thy chink, to blink through with mine eyne." [Shak.]
  3. To shine, esp. with intermittent light; to twinkle; to flicker; to glimmer, as a lamp."The dew was falling fast, the stars began to blink." [Wordsworth.]"The sun blinked fair on pool and stream ." [Sir W. Scott.]
  4. To turn slightly sour, as beer, mild, etc.

Etymology: OE. blenken; akin to dan. blinke, Sw. blinka, G. blinken to shine, glance, wink, twinkle, D. blinken to shine; and prob. to D. blikken to glance, twinkle, G. blicken to look, glance, AS. blīcan to shine, E. bleak. √98. See Bleak; cf. 1st Blench

verb Blink
  1. To shut out of sight; to avoid, or purposely evade; to shirk; as, to blink the question.
  2. To trick; to deceive.(Scot)
noun Blink
  1. A glimpse or glance."This is the first blink that ever I had of him." [Bp. Hall.]
  2. Gleam; glimmer; sparkle."Not a blink of light was there." [Wordsworth.]
  3. [Naut] The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; ice blink.
  4. (pl.)

    Etymology: Cf. Blencher

    [Sporting] Boughs cast where deer are to pass, to turn or check them.(Prov. Eng)

Etymology: OE. blink. See Blink (v. i.)

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A reflex that closes and opens the eyes rapidly
  2. Briefly shut the eyes ("The TV announcer never seems to blink")
  3. Keep back by blinking ("blink away tears")
  4. Gleam or glow intermittently

From Middle English blynken, blenken, from Old English *blincan (suggested by causative verb blenċan ("to deceive"; > English blench)), from Proto-Germanic *blinkaną, a variant of *blīkaną (“to gleam, shine”). Cognate with Dutch blinken (“to glitter, shine”), German blinken (“to flash, blink”), Danish blinke (“to flash, twinkle, wink”), Swedish blinka (“to flash, blink, twinkle, wink”). Related to blank, blick, blike, bleak.

  1. The act of very quickly closing both eyes and opening them again.
  2. (figuratively) The time needed to close and reopen one's eyes.
  3. (computing) A text formatting feature that causes text to disappear and reappear as a form of visual emphasis.
  4. A glimpse or glance.
  5. (Britain, dialect) gleam; glimmer; sparkle
  6. (nautical) The dazzling whiteness about the horizon caused by the reflection of light from fields of ice at sea; iceblink
  7. (sports, in the plural) Boughs cast where deer are to pass, in order to turn or check them.
  8. (video games) An ability that allows teleporting, mostly for short distances

blink was also found in the following language(s): Danish, Dutch, German, Norwegian Bokmål, and Norwegian Nynorsk

Notable Persons Named Blink

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Blink

Blink is a comics character.


Blinky Blink is a hip hop music rapping. He was most prominent from 1998 to 1998. Blinky was given the name Michael Foster .


Kieren was born in 1979 in Silver Spring, Maryland.


Rogier was born on January 13th, 1982.


David Blink is an afro-cuban jazz and salsa music musician. He plays Trumpet.


Kim Blink is a sports team member for the Hellerup IK.


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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Blink U.S.
  White 91.09% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.98% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 4.29% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 0.00% 16.26%

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People with the last name Blink are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Blink

  • How Popular is the name Blink? As a last name Blink was the 65,424th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Blink first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Blink is Saturday, August 14th, 1886.
  • How unique is the name Blink? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Blink. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Blink: Your name in reverse order is Knilb. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Bklni. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Blink? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 303 people with the last name Blink.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Blink? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Blink as their last name since less than 1 person in 1.0m people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
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