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sparkle

verb spar·kle \ ˈspär-kəl \
Updated on: 19 Nov 2017

Definition of sparkle

sparkled; sparkling play \ˈspär-k(ə-)liŋ\
intransitive verb
1 a :to throw out sparks
b :to give off or reflect bright moving points of light
c :to perform brilliantly
2 :effervesce
  • wine that sparkles
3 :to become lively or animated
  • the dialogue sparkles with wit
  • eyes sparkling with anger
transitive verb
:to cause to glitter or shine

sparkly

play \ˈspär-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of sparkle in a Sentence

  1. The dancers sparkled on stage.

  2. Her eyes sparkled with pride.

Recent Examples of sparkle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sparkle

Middle English, frequentative of sparken to spark

sparkle Synonyms

Synonyms
scintillate, spark
Related Words
flash, shine, twinkle; blaze, burn, combust, flame, flare (up), glow, light (up), radiate, scintillate

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

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sparkle

noun

Definition of sparkle

1 :a little spark :scintillation
2 :the quality of sparkling
b :the quality or state of being effervescent

Examples of sparkle in a Sentence

  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

Recent Examples of sparkle from the Web

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Origin and Etymology of sparkle

Middle English, diminutive of sparke


SPARKLE Defined for English Language Learners

sparkle

verb

Definition of sparkle for English Language Learners

  • : to produce small flashes of light

  • : to perform very well

  • : to be or become bright and lively


sparkle

noun

Definition of sparkle for English Language Learners

  • : a small flash of bright light

  • : a lively quality


SPARKLE Defined for Kids

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sparkle

verb spar·kle \ ˈspär-kəl \

Definition of sparkle for Students

sparkled; sparkling
1 :to give off small flashes of light
  • The diamond sparkled.
2 :to be lively or bright
  • The conversation sparkled.
  • His eyes sparkled.

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sparkle

noun

Definition of sparkle for Students

1 :a little flash of light
  • sparkles of red light
2 :the quality of being bright or giving off small flashes of light
  • the sparkle of a diamond
  • the sparkle of her eyes


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