- to shine with a flickering gleam of light, as a star or distant light.
- to sparkle in the light: The diamond on her finger twinkled in the firelight.
- (of the eyes) to be bright with amusement, pleasure, etc.
- to move flutteringly and quickly, as flashes of light; flit.
- Archaic. to wink; blink.
- to emit (light) in intermittent gleams or flashes.
- Archaic. to wink (the eyes or eyelids).
- a flickering or intermittent brightness or light.
- a scintillating brightness in the eyes; sparkle.
- the time required for a wink; a twinkling.
- Archaic. a wink.
Origin of twinkle
Examples from the Web for twinkle
"Still, it was good of you to warn us," Twinkle added, sweetly.
Twinkle was amazed, but could find no words to contradict this astonishing idea.
Twinkle and Chubbins followed, one sitting in front of their guide and one behind him.
With these words he darted toward the tree, and Twinkle and Chubbins followed.
"I'm naughty sometimes, and so is Chubbins," said Twinkle, honestly.
- to emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; shine brightly and intermittently; sparkletwinkling stars
- (of the eyes) to sparkle, esp with amusement or delight
- rare to move about quickly
- (also tr) rare to wink (the eyes); blink
- an intermittent gleam of light; flickering brightness; sparkle or glimmer
- an instant
- a rare word for wink 1
Word Origin and History for twinkle
Old English twinclian, frequentative of twincan "to wink, blink;" related to Middle High German zwinken, German zwinkern, and probably somehow imitative. The noun is recorded from 1540s. Related: Twinkled; twinkling. Phrase in the twinkling of an eye is attested from c.1300.