I. noun Etymology: by shortening Date: 1585 periwinkle II II. intransitive verb (winkled; winkling) Etymology: frequentative of wink Date: 1791 twinkle III. transitive verb (winkled; winkling) Etymology: 1winkle; from the process of extracting a winkle from its shell Date: 1918 1. chiefly British to displace, remove, or evict from a position — usually used with out 2. chiefly British to obtain or draw out by effort — usually used with out <
no attempt to winkle out why they do it — Joan Bakewell

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  • winkle — I UK [ˈwɪŋk(ə)l] / US noun [countable] Word forms winkle : singular winkle plural winkles 1) a type of small shellfish that can be eaten as food 2) British informal a penis. This word is used especially by children. II UK [ˈwɪŋk(ə)l] / US verb… …   English dictionary

  • winkle — win|kle1 [ˈwıŋkəl] n BrE [Date: 1500 1600; Origin: PERIWINKLE 2] a small sea animal that lives in a shell and is eaten as food winkle 2 winkle2 v winkle out [winkle sb/sth<=>out] phr v 1.) to make someone leave a place ▪ …   Dictionary of contemporary English

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