Meanings

1.
to blow
(a slow wind)
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2.
to wave
(for a flag or other fabric in the wind)
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The meaning of "winken"

"winken" is "to wink", right? Nope, they're false friends. Today, we'll learn what "winken" really means and what other cool words there are in the family.

Vocab:

winken, abwinken, wanken, wankelmütig, zwinkern, der Winkel


Word Family

Root: *we-

The core idea of this root was:

blowing

The most obvious offspring are weather, wind and the Latin branch around to vent and ventilate.
But the root is also the origin of window, which originally meant “wind-eye“, and Nirwana, which taken literally is something like “blowing out”.

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