[spahr-kuh l]

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.


Origin of sparkle

1150–1200; Middle English (noun and v.); see spark1, -le
Related formsnon·spar·kling, adjectiveout·spar·kle, verb (used with object), out·spar·kled, out·spar·kling.un·spark·ling, adjective

Synonyms for sparkle

3. See glisten. 8. glitter. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for sparkling

Contemporary Examples of sparkling

Historical Examples of sparkling

  • It really was her beautiful cross with the sparkling stones, and quite unharmed.

    Moni the Goat-Boy

    Johanna Spyri

  • Lemonade, made of sparkling spring water, was a common drink.

  • One cannot always be original and sparkling, and it is wiser not to try too persistently.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • It mocked and jeered at them with sparkling waves of warmth.

    Slaves of Mercury

    Nat Schachner

  • He made very light of a brace of partridges and a bottle of sparkling Moselle.

    Henry Dunbar

    M. E. Braddon

British Dictionary definitions for sparkling



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 sparkling



c.1200, frequentative verb form of Middle English sparke (see spark). Of wines, from early 15c. Related: Sparkled; sparkling.



early 14c., from sparkle (v.).

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