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twinkle

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verb twin·kle \ˈtwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of twinkle

twinkled

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twinkling

play \-k(ə-)liŋ\
  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 :  to shine with a flickering or sparkling light :  scintillate

  3. 2a :  to appear bright especially with merriment his eyes twinkledb :  to flutter the eyelids

  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

twinkler

play \-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 twin·kle

Definition of twinkle

  1. 1 :  an intermittent radiance :  flicker, sparkle

  2. 2 :  a rapid flashing motion :  flit

  3. 3 :  a wink of the eyelids

  4. 4 :  the instant's duration of a wink :  twinkling

twinkly

play \-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



TWINKLE Defined for Kids

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twinkle

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verb twin·kle \ˈtwiŋ-kəl\

Definition of twinkle for Students

twinkled

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twinkling

  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 for Students

  1. 1 :  2sparkle 1, flicker

  2. 2 :  a very short time



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