What is the difference between blinking and winking?

Blink: shut and open both eyes quickly; the involuntary rapid opening and closing of the eyes

  • He was blinking because he had dust in his eyes.
  • We blink over 28,000 times a day.

Wink: close and open one eye quickly, typically to indicate that something is a joke or a secret or as a signal of affection or greeting

  • He winked to let her know he was only joking.
  • He winked at all the girls he liked the look of.

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