twinkle


1twin·kle

verb \ˈtwiŋ-kəl\

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

of the eyes : to have a friendly or happy expression

twin·kledtwin·kling \-k(ə-)liŋ\

Full Definition of TWINKLE

intransitive verb
1
:  to shine with a flickering or sparkling light :  scintillate
2
a :  to flutter the eyelids
b :  to appear bright especially with merriment <his eyes twinkled>
3
:  to flutter or flit rapidly
transitive verb
1
:  to cause to shine with fluctuating light
2
:  to flicker or flirt rapidly <twinkled the straight, red-lacquered toes — Glenway Wescott>
twin·kler \-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

2twinkle

noun

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

Full Definition of TWINKLE

1
:  a wink of the eyelids
2
:  the instant's duration of a wink :  twinkling
3
:  an intermittent radiance :  flicker, sparkle
4
:  a rapid flashing motion :  flit
twin·kly \-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>

First Known Use of TWINKLE

1548

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