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win·kle 1

n. Zoology
A periwinkle.

win·kle 2

tr.v. win·kled, win·kling, win·kles Chiefly British
To pry, extract, or force from a place or position. Often used with out.

[From winkle (from the process of extracting periwinkles from their shells).]
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(Animals) See periwinkle1
(tr; usually foll by out, out of, etc) informal chiefly Brit to extract or prise out
[C16: shortened from periwinkle1]
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(ˈwɪŋ kəl)

n., v. -kled, -kling. Chiefly Brit. n.
1. any of various small marine gastropods, esp. a periwinkle.
2. to pry (something) out of a place (usu. fol. by out).
[1575–85; short for periwinkle1]
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Past participle: winkled
Gerund: winkling

I winkle
you winkle
he/she/it winkles
we winkle
you winkle
they winkle
I winkled
you winkled
he/she/it winkled
we winkled
you winkled
they winkled
Present Continuous
I am winkling
you are winkling
he/she/it is winkling
we are winkling
you are winkling
they are winkling
Present Perfect
I have winkled
you have winkled
he/she/it has winkled
we have winkled
you have winkled
they have winkled
Past Continuous
I was winkling
you were winkling
he/she/it was winkling
we were winkling
you were winkling
they were winkling
Past Perfect
I had winkled
you had winkled
he/she/it had winkled
we had winkled
you had winkled
they had winkled
I will winkle
you will winkle
he/she/it will winkle
we will winkle
you will winkle
they will winkle
Future Perfect
I will have winkled
you will have winkled
he/she/it will have winkled
we will have winkled
you will have winkled
they will have winkled
Future Continuous
I will be winkling
you will be winkling
he/she/it will be winkling
we will be winkling
you will be winkling
they will be winkling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been winkling
you have been winkling
he/she/it has been winkling
we have been winkling
you have been winkling
they have been winkling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been winkling
you will have been winkling
he/she/it will have been winkling
we will have been winkling
you will have been winkling
they will have been winkling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been winkling
you had been winkling
he/she/it had been winkling
we had been winkling
you had been winkling
they had been winkling
I would winkle
you would winkle
he/she/it would winkle
we would winkle
you would winkle
they would winkle
Past Conditional
I would have winkled
you would have winkled
he/she/it would have winkled
we would have winkled
you would have winkled
they would have winkled
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.winkle - small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
winkle, periwinkle - edible marine gastropod
seafood - edible fish (broadly including freshwater fish) or shellfish or roe etc
2.winkle - edible marine gastropod
seasnail - any of several creeping marine gastropods with a spirally coiled shell: whelks; tritons; moon shells; neritids
genus Littorina, Littorina - type genus of the family Littorinidae: periwinkles
winkle, periwinkle - small edible marine snail; steamed in wine or baked
Verb1.winkle - emit or reflect light in a flickering mannerwinkle - emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
celestial body, heavenly body - natural objects visible in the sky
beam, shine - emit light; be bright, as of the sun or a light; "The sun shone bright that day"; "The fire beamed on their faces"
scintillate - give off; "the substance scintillated sparks and flashes"
2.winkle - gleam or glow intermittentlywinkle - gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing"
flick, flicker - flash intermittently; "The lights flicked on and off"
radiate - cause to be seen by emitting light as if in rays; "The sun is radiating"
3.winkle - remove or displace from a position
get out, bring out - take out of a container or enclosed space; "Get out your best dress--we are going to a party!"
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winkle someone out force someone out, dislodge, extricate, smoke out, prise someone out He somehow managed to winkle Picard out of his room.
winkle something out extract, dig out, draw out, extricate, prise out, worm out They will go to any lengths to winkle out information.
Collins Thesaurus of the English Language – Complete and Unabridged 2nd Edition. 2002 © HarperCollins Publishers 1995, 2002
حَلَزون أو قَوْقَع بَحْرييُخْرِجُ شَيئا من فُتْحَةٍ ضَيِّقَه
lirke udstrandsnegl
draga/losa út úrfjörudoppa
izdabūtizspiestizvilktjūras gliemezis
deniz salyangozuzorla koparıp almak


A. Nbígaro m, bigarro m
B. VT to winkle a secret out of sbsacar un secreto a algn
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[ˈwɪŋkəl] n (British)bigorneau m
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n (Brit) → Strandschnecke f
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1. nlitorina
2. vt to winkle a secret out of sbcarpire un segreto a qn
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(ˈwiŋkl) verb
to force (something out of something) gradually and with difficulty. He winkled the shell out from the rock; He tried to winkle some information out of her.


(ˈwiŋkl) noun
(also ˈperiwinkle (ˈperi-) ) a type of small shellfish, shaped like a small snail, eaten as food.
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References in classic literature ?
Winkle expressed exquisite delight, and looked exquisitely uncomfortable.
Winkle was perfectly marvellous, and described circles with his left leg, and cut figures of eight, and inscribed upon the ice, without once stopping for breath, a great many other pleasant and astonishing devices, to the excessive satisfaction of Mr.
Winkle, with his face and hands blue with the cold, had been forcing gimlet into the soles of his boots, and putting his skates on, with the points behind, and getting the straps into a very complicated and entangled state, with the assistance of Mr.
Winkle, trembling violently and clutching hold of Sam's arms with the grasp of a drowning man.
Winkle made at the instant, of a frantic desire to throw his feet in the air, and dash the back of his head on the ice.
Meg, as the eldest, was Samuel Pickwick, Jo, being of a literary turn, Augustus Snodgrass, Beth, because she was round and rosy, Tracy Tupman, and Amy, who was always trying to do what she couldn't, was Nathaniel Winkle. Pickwick, the president, read the paper, which was filled with original tales, poetry, local news, funny advertisements, and hints, in which they good-naturedly reminded each other of their faults and short comings.
Prim little Winkle too is here, With every hair in place, A model of propriety, Though he hates to wash his face.
Pickwick, Sir:- I address you upon the subject of sin the sinner I mean is a man named Winkle who makes trouble in his club by laughing and sometimes won't write his piece in this fine paper I hope you will pardon his badness and let him send a French fable because he can't write out of his head as he has so many lessons to do and no brains in future I will try to take time by the fetlock and prepare some work which will be all commy la fo that means all right I am in haste as it is nearly school time
Winkle rose to say with great elegance, "We don't wish any boys, they only joke and bounce about.
'That the Corresponding Society of the Pickwick Club is therefore hereby constituted; and that Samuel Pickwick, Esq., G.C.M.P.C., Tracy Tupman, Esq., M.P.C., Augustus Snodgrass, Esq., M.P.C., and Nathaniel Winkle, Esq., M.P.C., are hereby nominated and appointed members of the same; and that they be requested to forward, from time to time, authenticated accounts of their journeys and investigations, of their observations of character and manners, and of the whole of their adventures, together with all tales and papers to which local scenery or associations may give rise, to the Pickwick Club, stationed in London.
On the left of his great leader sat the poetic Snodgrass, and near him again the sporting Winkle; the former poetically enveloped in a mysterious blue cloak with a canine-skin collar, and the latter communicating additional lustre to a new green shooting-coat, plaid neckerchief, and closely-fitted drabs.
Poetic fame was dear to the heart of his friend Snodgrass; the fame of conquest was equally dear to his friend Tupman; and the desire of earning fame in the sports of the field, the air, and the water was uppermost in the breast of his friend Winkle. He (Mr.