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verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

Simple Definition of sparkle

  • : to produce small flashes of light

  • : to perform very well

  • : to be or become bright and lively

Full Definition of sparkle

spar·kledspar·kling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1a :  to throw out sparksb :  to give off or reflect bright moving points of lightc :  to perform brilliantly

  3. 2 :  effervesce <wine that sparkles>

  4. 3 :  to become lively or animated <the dialogue sparkles with wit> <eyes sparkling with anger>

  5. transitive verb
  6. :  to cause to glitter or shine

spar·kly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of sparkle

  1. The dancers sparkled on stage.

  2. Her eyes sparkled with pride.

Origin of sparkle

Middle English, frequentative of sparken to spark

First Known Use: 13th century

Synonym Discussion of sparkle

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light <lightning flashed>. gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background <lights gleamed in the valley>. glint implies a cold glancing light <glinting steel>. sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light <the sparkling waters>. glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming <glittering diamonds>. glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface <glistening wet sidewalk>. glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam <a distant glimmering light>. shimmer means shining with a wavering light <a shimmering satin dress>.

Rhymes with sparkle



noun spar·kle

Simple Definition of sparkle

  • : a small flash of bright light

  • : a lively quality

Full Definition of sparkle

  1. 1 :  a little spark :  scintillation

  2. 2 :  the quality of sparkling

  3. 3a :  animation, livelinessb :  the quality or state of being effervescent

Examples of sparkle

  1. The sun reflected off the water in bright sparkles of light.

  2. He caught the sparkle of her diamond out of the corner of his eye.

  3. a performance full of sparkle and originality

  4. the sparkle in her eyes

Origin of sparkle

Middle English, diminutive of sparke

First Known Use: 14th century

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February 12, 2016

of, relating to, or suggestive of marble

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