A small herbivorous shore-dwelling mollusk with a spiral shell. Also called periwinkle2.
- Family Littorinidae, class Gastropoda: many genera and species, including the common and edible Littorina littorea.
- Shellfish such as oysters, mussels, cockles, winkles, whelks and crabs were collected for food from the estuaries and sea-shores.
- The sand was dotted with saucer - sized jellyfish, rocks and pools are squidgy with jelly buttons encrusted with limpets, barnacles and winkles and are seedbeds for mussels.
- Although there are many winkles on Breydon, I have never seen the oystercatcher take them.
verb[with object] (winkle something out) chiefly British
Extract or obtain something with difficulty: I swore I wasn’t going to tell her, but she winkled it all out of me
More example sentences
- He realises the paramount importance of getting all the facts into the public domain before the press winkle them out.
- If necessary, they'll read between the lines to winkle it out.
- Julio went quiet in the elevator and I finally winkled it out of him - he's wondering how long we've got provisions for.
- Example sentences
- Members of the Chippenham Winkle Club known as winklers donned their Christmas outfits for the giveaway along the Kennet and Avon canal.
Late 16th century: shortening of periwinkle2.
Words that rhyme with winklebesprinkle, crinkle, sprinkle, tinkle, twinkle, wrinkle
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