winkle

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v winkle remove or displace from a position
    • v winkle gleam or glow intermittently "The lights were flashing"
    • v winkle emit or reflect light in a flickering manner "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
    • n winkle edible marine gastropod
    • n winkle small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: A winkle is an edible sea snail.
    • n Winkle (Zoöl) Any periwinkle.☞ These are large mollusks which often destroy large numbers of oysters by drilling their shells and sucking their blood.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n winkle Same as periwinkle.
    • winkle A dialectal variant of wankle.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • Winkle =Periwinkle (q.v.).
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Idioms

Rip van Winkle - Rip van Winkle is a character in a story who slept for twenty years, so if someone is a Rip van Winkle, they are behind the times and out of touch with what's happening now.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
AS. wincle,

Usage

In literature:

Such are the ludicrous but lucky love affairs of the sportsman Winkle and the Maestro Jimson.
"George Bernard Shaw" by Gilbert K. Chesterton
Does nobody know poor Rip Van Winkle?
"The Literary World Seventh Reader" by Various
Mr. Winkle allowed Sam to obey it in silence.
"The Ontario Readers: The High School Reader, 1886" by Ministry of Education
I know now how Rip Van Winkle felt about it.
"Old Junk" by H. M. Tomlinson
The waiter came back in triumph, but Winn gave him a sharp look which extracted his triumph as neatly as experts extract a winkle with a pin.
"The Dark Tower" by Phyllis Bottome
Too often learning is a Rip Van Winkle's flagon.
"Chimney-Pot Papers" by Charles S. Brooks
One of the witnesses, Winkle, I think, yes, Winkle, actually deposes to hearing the words, 'My dear creature!
"Bardell v. Pickwick" by Percy Fitzgerald
He raised himself upright beneath his load of winkles.
"A Poor Man's House" by Stephen Sydney Reynolds
The members had given a rendering of "Rip Van Winkle," previous to my leaving for England.
"Reminiscences of Queensland" by William Henry Corfield
The name of this Rip Van Winkle of Mount Rainier is not mentioned in Mr. Winthrop's narrative.
"The Book of the National Parks" by Robert Sterling Yard
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In poetry:

Now take my case: Ere sorrow could
My ample forehead wrinkle,
I had determined that I should
Not care to be a winkle.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Dukes with the lovely maiden dealt,
DUKE BAILEY and DUKE HUMPHY,
Who ate her winkles till they felt
Exceedingly uncomfy.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
But I was young - too young, by far -
Or I had been more wary,
I knew not then that winkles are
The stock-in-trade of MARY.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
"A winkle," I would oft advance
With readiness provoking,
"Can seldom flirt, and never dance,
Or soothe his mind by smoking."
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
I had not watched her sunlight blithe
As o'er their shells it dances -
I've seen those winkles almost writhe
Beneath her beaming glances.
"The Periwinkle Girl" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Once inside —they looked around
—Old photographs hung on the wall,
There was Aunt Frizzy-Winkle, old Granny Chin-Whiskers,
And Uncle Tom Cobley an' all!
"The Travellers aka Twas a Dark and Stormy Night! (with knobs on)" by T W Connor

In news:

A few minutes ago, I watched Robert Van Winkle leading the pack around Pocono Raceway in a bright red Camaro.
Kelly Galvin, Ryan Winkles and Alexandra Lincoln in The Learned Ladies at Shakespeare & Company.
Amy Winkle & Harold Weatherly .
Amy Winkle and Harold Weatherly .
Brian Johnson joins The Van Winkle Law Firm.
Nick Van Winkle , Marketing Manager.
Interview with Cameron Van Winkle .
Julian Van Winkle III (left) with his son, Preston, at Buffalo Trace Distillery in Frankfort, Ky. By Brian Dumaine, senior editor at large February 25, 2011: 5:21 AM ET.
Rob Van Winkle will always be Vanilla Ice.
Amy Winkle & Harold Weatherly.
Amy Winkle and Harold Weatherly.
Van Winkle withdraws from council race.
Stacey Ellen Valentin of Silverdale and Jeremy Richard Winkle of Deland, Fla. Are planning a June 28 wedding in Poulsbo.
RSS Feeds for Michael Van Winkle .
Survivors include a son, Jeremy Allen Winkle of Hornersville.
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In science:

Van Winkle, The Transuranium Elements: Research Papers, Paper 19.11, p.
Discovery of the actinium, thorium, protactinium, and uranium isotopes
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