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twinkle

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verb twin·kle \ˈtwiŋ-kəl\

Simple Definition of twinkle

  • : to shine with an unsteady light : to produce small flashes of light

  • of the eyes : to have a friendly or happy expression

Full Definition of twinkle

twin·kledtwin·kling play \-k(ə-)liŋ\

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shine with a flickering or sparkling light :  scintillate

  3. 2a :  to flutter the eyelidsb :  to appear bright especially with merriment <his eyes twinkled>

  4. 3 :  to flutter or flit rapidly

  5. transitive verb
  6. 1 :  to cause to shine with fluctuating light

  7. 2 :  to flicker or flirt rapidly <twinkled the straight, red-lacquered toes — Glenway Wescott>

twin·kler play \-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of twinkle

  1. The lights of the city twinkled in the distance.

  2. Stars twinkle in the night sky.

  3. Her eyes twinkled with excitement.



Origin of twinkle

Middle English, from Old English twinclian; akin to Middle High German zwinken to blink


First Known Use: before 12th century

Rhymes with twinkle


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twinkle

noun twin·kle

Simple Definition of twinkle

  • : a quick flash of light : a sparkle or flicker of light

Full Definition of twinkle

  1. 1 :  a wink of the eyelids

  2. 2 :  the instant's duration of a wink :  twinkling

  3. 3 :  an intermittent radiance :  flicker, sparkle

  4. 4 :  a rapid flashing motion :  flit

twin·kly play \-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of twinkle

  1. We saw the twinkle of a candle in the window.

  2. <in just a twinkle, the shooting star was gone>



1548

First Known Use of twinkle

1548



TWINKLE Defined for Kids

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twinkle

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verb twin·kle \ˈtwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of twinkle

twin·kledtwin·kling

  1. 1 :  to shine or cause to shine with a flickering or sparkling light <Stars twinkle in the sky.>

  2. 2 :  to appear bright with amusement <His eyes twinkled at the joke.>

  3. 3 :  to move or flutter rapidly




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twinkle

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noun twin·kle

Definition of twinkle

  1. 1 :  2sparkle 1, flicker

  2. 2 :  a very short time





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