verb spar·kle \ˈspär-kəl\

: to produce small flashes of light

: to perform very well

: to be or become bright and lively

spar·kledspar·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of SPARKLE

intransitive verb
a :  to throw out sparks
b :  to give off or reflect bright moving points of light
c :  to perform brilliantly
:  effervesce <wine that sparkles>
:  to become lively or animated <the dialogue sparkles with wit> <eyes sparkling with anger>
transitive verb
:  to cause to glitter or shine
spar·kly \-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

Related to SPARKLE

Rhymes with SPARKLE



: a small flash of bright light

: a lively quality

Full Definition of SPARKLE

:  a little spark :  scintillation
:  the quality of sparkling
a :  animation, liveliness
b :  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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