[ spahr-kuh l ]
/ ˈspɑr kəl /

verb (used without object), spar·kled, spar·kling.

verb (used with object), spar·kled, spar·kling.

to cause to sparkle: moonlight sparkling the water; pleasure sparkling her eyes.


Nearby words

  1. spark-killer,
  2. sparker,
  3. sparkie,
  4. sparking plug,
  5. sparking voltage,
  6. sparkler,
  7. sparklet,
  8. sparkling,
  9. sparkling water,
  10. sparkling wine

Origin of sparkle

1150–1200; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le

3. See glisten. 8. glitter.

Related formsnon·spar·kling, adjectiveout·spar·kle, verb (used with object), out·spar·kled, out·spar·kling.un·spark·ling, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sparkle


/ (ˈspɑːkəl) /


to issue or reflect or cause to issue or reflect bright points of light
(intr) (of wine, mineral water, etc) to effervesce
(intr) to be vivacious or witty


a point of light, spark, or gleam
vivacity or wit

Word Origin for sparkle

C12 sparklen, frequentative of sparken to spark 1

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Word Origin and History for sparkle
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