twin·​kling | \ ˈtwiŋ-k(ə-)liŋ How to pronounce twinkling (audio) \

Definition of twinkling

: the time required for a wink : instant the kettle will boil in a twinklingPunch

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Examples of twinkling in a Sentence

in a twinkling, the rabbit had disappeared
Recent Examples on the Web All those glass walls allow the stunning desert views in from dawn to sunset, with the twinkling of stars and distant city lights of Phoenix appearing at night. Janice O'leary, Robb Report, 12 May 2021 Giant hemispheres hang in the kitchen, a twinkling starburst illuminates the sitting area, and—at Steve’s insistence—a 30-inch disco ball dazzles above the dining table. Carly Olson, House Beautiful, 19 Feb. 2021 May the season of twinkling, multi-hued LED joy begin. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, 12 Nov. 2020 Its dust coated his hands that had climbed up coconut trees, shielded his twinkling eyes from the overloving sun and caught the force of a waterfall. Amy Doyle, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 Wearing a body-hugging long-sleeve top with a hood and an open back, along with a matching voluminous skirt, Janelle topped off the look with three sparkly rings and a twinkling tiered choker. Sara Radin,, 9 Feb. 2020 Afterward, guests took to the upper deck to enjoy their post-meal wine and look out on the twinkling lights across the Silver Lake Reservoir — a restful pause before the gathering transformed into a full-on dance party. Anna Furman, New York Times, 13 Mar. 2020 Winterlights is more than a huge twinkling display of 1.5 million lights. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, 21 Nov. 2019 With the seasonal shift, the space has been transformed into a winter garden, framed by evergreen trees, branches, pine garland and twinkling lights. Leeanne Griffin,, 6 Dec. 2019

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First Known Use of twinkling

14th century, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of twinkling was in the 14th century

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17 May 2021

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“Twinkling.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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twin·​kling | \ ˈtwiŋ-kliŋ \

Kids Definition of twinkling

: twinkle entry 2 sense 2 Off they went … and … had their clothes on in a twinkling— Astrid Lindgren, Pippi Longstocking


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