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twinkle

verb twin·kle \ ˈtwiŋ-kəl \
|Updated on: 5 Aug 2018

Definition of twinkle

twinkled; twinkling play \ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)liŋ\
1 : to shine with a flickering or sparkling light : scintillate
2 a : to appear bright especially with merriment
  • his eyes twinkled
b : to flutter the eyelids
3 : to flutter or flit rapidly
1 : to cause to shine with fluctuating light
2 : to flicker or flirt rapidly
  • twinkled the straight, red-lacquered toes
  • —Glenway Wescott

twinkler

play \ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)lər\ noun

Examples of twinkle in a Sentence

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

  2. Stars twinkle in the night sky.

  3. Her eyes twinkled with excitement.

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Origin and Etymology of twinkle

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


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twinkle

noun

Definition of twinkle

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

twinkly

play \ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)lē\ adjective

Examples of twinkle in a Sentence

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

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

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First Known Use of twinkle

1548

in the meaning defined at sense 3

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TWINKLE Defined for Kids

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twinkle

verb twin·kle \ ˈtwiŋ-kəl \

Definition of twinkle for Students

twinkled; twinkling
1 : to shine or cause to shine with a flickering or sparkling light
  • Stars twinkle in the sky.
2 : to appear bright with amusement
  • His eyes twinkled at the joke.
3 : to move or flutter rapidly

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twinkle

noun

Definition of twinkle for Students

1 : 2sparkle 1, flicker
2 : a very short time


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