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From blink +‎ -y.


blinky (comparative more blinky, superlative most blinky)

  1. (of eyes, people) blinking repeatedly, prone to blink.
  2. (of lights, shining objects) flickery, prone to flicker
    • 1906, E. Nesbit, chapter 2, in The Railway Children[3]:
      She struck a match and relighted the candle and everyone looked at each other by its winky, blinky light.
    • 1997, Don DeLillo, Underworld, New York: Scribner, Part 6, Chapter 4,
      [] the rosary beads that hung from her belt like a zoot-suiter's key chain were blinky bright []
  3. (US, regional) (of milk) Turned somewhat sour.
    • 1960, Harriette Simpson Arnow, Seedtime on the Cumberland
      No proper place for cooling milk in summer meant not only blinky milk unfit to drink, but no sweet cream for the cream jug that most of them had, and neither good butter nor buttermilk could come from milk not properly cooled.
    • 2013, Steve Blow, "Beward of toxic milk — and other expiration-date silliness," The Dallas Morning News, 12 October, 2013, [4]
      I mean really, who needs a date stamped on the jug to tell you when milk has gone bad? It’s got a built-in warning system. First, you get that little whang in the taste. It’s gone blinky. Time to think about getting more.


blinky (plural blinkies)

  1. (photography) in digital photography, a flashing pixel.
    Blinkies visually indicate the areas of a photograph where the exposure is beyond the range of the film.

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