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Part of speech: verb

Origin: British, late 16th century


Extract or obtain something with difficulty.


(Noun) A small herbivorous shore-dwelling mollusk with a spiral shell.

Examples of Winkle in a sentence

"The interrogator was used to winkling confessions out of the most hard boiled subjects."

"The dock and side of the boat was freckled with winkles and barnacles."

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About Winkle

This word originated from a shortening of the word “periwinkle” — a mollusk with a spiral shell usually found along shores and beaches.

Did you Know?

Ever considered singing “Winkle, winkle, little star”? Winkle’s other less-known meaning as a verb is something that “gleams or glows,” which means the substitution would work, as odd as it might sound!

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