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twinkle

[twing-kuh l]
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verb (used without object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
  1. to shine with a flickering gleam of light, as a star or distant light.
  2. to sparkle in the light: The diamond on her finger twinkled in the firelight.
  3. (of the eyes) to be bright with amusement, pleasure, etc.
  4. to move flutteringly and quickly, as flashes of light; flit.
  5. Archaic. to wink; blink.
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verb (used with object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
  1. to emit (light) in intermittent gleams or flashes.
  2. Archaic. to wink (the eyes or eyelids).
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noun
  1. a flickering or intermittent brightness or light.
  2. a scintillating brightness in the eyes; sparkle.
  3. the time required for a wink; a twinkling.
  4. Archaic. a wink.
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Origin of twinkle

before 900; Middle English twinklen (v.), Old English twinclian; see twink, -le
Related formstwin·kler, nounun·twin·kled, adjective
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Historical Examples

  • "Still, it was good of you to warn us," Twinkle added, sweetly.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum

  • Twinkle was amazed, but could find no words to contradict this astonishing idea.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum

  • Twinkle and Chubbins followed, one sitting in front of their guide and one behind him.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum

  • With these words he darted toward the tree, and Twinkle and Chubbins followed.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum

  • "I'm naughty sometimes, and so is Chubbins," said Twinkle, honestly.

    Policeman Bluejay

    L. Frank Baum


British Dictionary definitions for twinkle

twinkle

verb (mainly intr)
  1. to emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; shine brightly and intermittently; sparkletwinkling stars
  2. (of the eyes) to sparkle, esp with amusement or delight
  3. rare to move about quickly
  4. (also tr) rare to wink (the eyes); blink
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noun
  1. an intermittent gleam of light; flickering brightness; sparkle or glimmer
  2. an instant
  3. a rare word for wink 1
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Derived Formstwinkler, nountwinkly, adjective

Word Origin

Old English twinclian; related to Middle High German zwinken to blink
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Word Origin and History for twinkle

v.

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.

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