Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
WINK, v., n. Sc. usages:
I. v. 1. To close one's eyes, keep one's eyes closed. Obs. in Eng. in 18th c.
Sc. 1816 Scott B. Dwarf v.:
I thought I saw him still, though I winked as close as ever I could. Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 123:
Ye'll fin' I dinna sleep aye when I'm winkin', But, watchin', whyles I see on wha yer blinkin'.
2. As in Eng., to blink. Sc. deriv. n. winker, gen. in pl., the eyelid(s), eyelash(es) (Sc. 1808 Jam.; Per. 1915 Wilson L. Strathearn 275). In Eng. now dial. or slang.
Sc. 1825 Writer's Clerk II. xx.:
His languid eyes, covered, now and then by winkers. Sc. 1844 Songs for Nursery 20:
O! its wearie, wearie winkers, Close they'll no for a' my skill. Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic Bard 167:
The saut tears on her winkers hing. Fif. 1866 J. Morton C. Gray 70:
An' lang will I for thee, sweet thing, My winkers weet. Kcb. 1894 Crockett Raiders xxvi.:
Curling upward like the winkers of an old man's eye.
Hence freq. winkle, (i) to wink repeatedly, keep winking (Rxb. 1923 Watson W.-B.). Agent n. winkler, an eye (Sc. 1930; Cai. 1974). Cf. winker above: (ii) to twinkle, as of a star.
(i) Slk. 1807 Hogg Mountain Bard 63:
What though she has twa little winkling een? They're better than nane. (ii) Edb. 1791 J. Learmont Poems 37:
In vain the starry winkling gleam. Rxb. 1847 J. Halliday Rustic. Bard 168:
The brightest star that 'mang ye shane, Nae winklin' gleed.
3. ? To appear and disappear fitfully.
Abd. 1836 J. Grant Tales of Glens 60:
The south side o' the road whilk crooks and winks aboot wi' the windin's o' the water.
II. n. 1. As in Eng. Phrs.: (1) to let wink, to drop a hint, to divulge something, by confusion with let wit, id., s.v. Wit; (2) to play wink, to wink.
(1) Ags. 1894 J. B. Salmond My Man Sandy (1899) 94:
I saw the whole thing in a blink, but never lut wink. (2) Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 347:
He'd speak to her and then to me, Play wink at her his scoundrel e'e.
2. Dim. forms: (1) winkie, (i) an eyelid; (ii) sleepiness. A child's word. Cf. Willie, 2.(31); (iii) a lamp, light, esp. one that is unsteady or flickering, specif. the lighted buoy marking the end of a line of herring nets (e.Sc., wm.Sc. 1974); a street oil-lamp; (2) winklet (from winkle), a faint twinkle.
(1) (i) Gsw. 1860 J. Young Poorhouse Lays 48:
Wi' them 'neath my head, tho' I bou'd nae a winkie, I wadna changed places wi' Willie the Fourth. (iii) Dmf. 1830 W. Bennet Traits Sc. Life II. 194:
A home-made winkie — a long stripe of linen rag, saturated with the tallow of the last killed sheep, and coiled together like a serpent, with the lighted end projecting upwards in the middle, to serve the purpose of either a lamp or candle. Ayr. 1832 H. Smith Poet. Misc. 123:
This glimmering blinkie Will lend its aid until respite Is forced by winkie. Rxb. 1911 J. J. Vernon Pictures 59:
The “wee winkies” gave forth but a very feeble light, not sufficient to reveal the inequalities and uncertainties of the roadway. Sc. 1956 M. Graham Fisheries U.K. 60:
A lighted buoy or “winkie” on the end of the net first put in the water. (2) Bwk. 1859 P. Landreth J. Spindle (1911) 22:
“Weel, weel,” quoth the minister, wi' a slee winklet in his e'e, “What's the meanin' o' that phrase — ‘Opus operatum?'”
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