- an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light.
- the time required for a wink; an instant.
- Archaic. winking; a wink.
Origin of twinkling
- 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 twinkling
Twinkling lights were all that I could see of the noted town.On the Mexican Highlands
William Seymour Edwards
Twinkling, shining, expanding, the stars grew into a pair of eyes in the darkness.Camps and Trails
Twinkling eyes with red lashes shone with the utmost good-will.The Lamp in the Desert
Ethel M. Dell
A beacon-light far off, Twinkling across the waves like a star!Songs from Vagabondia
Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
Twinkling lights also appeared in the night heavens between the swiftly flying clouds.Arachne, Complete
- a very short time; instant; momentAlso called: twinkling of an eye
- 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 twinkling
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.