twink

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English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /twɪŋk/, [tʰw̥ɪŋk]
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ɪŋk

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English twinken, twynken, from Old English *twincian (to wink; twinkle), from Proto-Germanic *twinkōną, an augmented form (with formative *-kōną; see English -k) of Proto-Germanic *twint- (to twinkle). Cognate with Middle High German zwinken, zwingen, German zwinkern (to wink; twinkle).

Verb[edit]

twink (third-person singular simple present twinks, present participle twinking, simple past and past participle twinked)

  1. To twinkle; sparkle
  2. (now dialectal) To wink
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Noun[edit]

twink (plural twinks)

  1. One or more very small, short bursts of light.
    Synonyms: twinkle, glint
    • 1921, Almira Bailey, “The Bay on Sunday Morning” in Vignettes of San Francisco, San Francisco: The San Francisco Journal, p. 18,[1]
      [] chug of the fishermen’s boats, twink of lights in the harbor at night []
    • 1934, D. H. Lawrence, “Smile” in The Woman Who Rode Away and Other Stories, Hamburg: Albatross, p. 101,[2]
      But even as he went, the smile began to come on his face, caught by the tail of the sturdy sister’s black eye, with its everlasting twink.
  2. A very short moment of time.
    Synonym: twinkling
    • c. 1593, William Shakespeare, The Taming of the Shrew, Act II, Scene 1,[3]
      [] in a twink she won me to her love.
    • 1893, Emily Sarah Holt, All’s Well, London: J.F. Shaw, Chapter 15, p. 118,[4]
      I’d have known all about it in half a twink.
    • 1957, Jack Kerouac, On the Road, New York: Viking Penguin, Chapter 3, p. 15,[5]
      Just as we rolled into Iowa City he saw another truck coming behind us, and because he had to turn off at Iowa City he blinked his tail lights at the other guy and slowed down for me to jump out, which I did with my bag, and the other truck, acknowledging this exchange, stopped for me, and once again, in the twink of nothing, I was in another big high cab, all set to go hundreds of miles across the night, and was I happy!
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Etymology 2[edit]

Imitative.

Noun[edit]

twink (plural twinks)

  1. The chaffinch.
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Etymology 3[edit]

From twinkie.

Noun[edit]

twink (plural twinks)

  1. (gay slang) A young, attractive, slim male, usually having little body hair.
    Synonym: chicken
    Antonym: bear
    • 1978, Armistead Maupin, “Full moon in Seacliff”, in Tales of the City[6], New York: Ballantine, pages 253–254:
      “Where are the twinks anyway? They usually have the decency to provide one or two decorative twinks… Jesus, who needs to waste a night staring at these tired old Gucci queens.”
    • 2006, Dennis D. Waskul and Phillip Vannini, Body/Embodiment: Symbolic Interaction and the Sociology of the Body, page 135:
      [] the narrow gay ideal of a slim or waiflike male body, as displayed by the young "twink".
  2. (derogatory, slang) A weak or effeminate man, whether gay or not.
    Synonyms: poof (British), fag (especially US), faggot; see also Thesaurus:effeminate man
  3. (gaming, derogatory) A player in a multi-user dungeon or other roleplaying game who engages in obnoxious or abusive behaviour.
    • 1997, "Flower of the Night", Looking for a mud (on newsgroup rec.games.mud.diku)
      I certainly don't consider myself a twink; however it seems that anyone who doesn't agree with another's point of view is automatically labelled as such.
    • 1997, "Gov't Cheeze", [AD/REQUEST] Builders and Players (twinks need not apply) (on newsgroup rec.games.mud.admin)
      You will not find any stock. You will not find any easy mobs. You will not find any +100 dam 'big swords of I win'. You will not find twink mudders. You will not hear about how Jim the Kewl dOOd scored last night at his sister's birthday party. You will not find bots.
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twink (third-person singular simple present twinks, present participle twinking, simple past and past participle twinked)

  1. (intransitive, gaming, derogatory) To engage in obnoxious or abusive behaviour in a multi-user dungeon or other roleplaying game, for example by griefing or by equipping a low-level character with advanced equipment from another player.

Etymology 4[edit]

From the name of the Twink brand of correction fluid.

Noun[edit]

twink (uncountable)

  1. (New Zealand) Correction fluid or correction tape.

Etymology 5[edit]

Verb[edit]

twink (third-person singular simple present twinks, present participle twinking, simple past and past participle twinked)

  1. To chirp or twitter.

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