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[spahr-kler] /ˈspɑr klər/
a person or thing that sparkles.
a firework that emits little sparks.
a sparkling gem, especially a diamond.
Informal. a bright eye.
Origin of sparkler
First recorded in 1705-15; sparkle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • The devotion of Mr sparkler was only to be equalled by the caprice and cruelty of his enslaver.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Amy had been thinking of this some one else too; for it was Mr sparkler.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • The sparkler—a big diamond—in a hollow place in the wood, kid!

  • If so, the place of meeting is the sparkler's Bower, and the hour, one exactly.

  • I—ah—was not making any remark that could be described as a sparkler, Sir.

  • I—ah—was not making any remark that could be described as a sparkler, sir.

    Lyre and Lancet F. Anstey
  • And that your heart will be on the point of sinking with dread, then you will find yourself in the arms of the sparkler of Albion.

  • Mr sparkler received the idea so kindly that Mr Dorrit asked what he was going to do that day, for instance?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
British Dictionary definitions for sparkler


a type of firework that throws out showers of sparks
(informal) a sparkling gem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sparkler

in the hand-held fireworks sense, 1879, agent noun from sparkle (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sparkler



A gem, esp a diamond (1822+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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