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twinkle

[ twing-kuhl ]
/ ˈtwɪŋ kəl /
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verb (used without object), twin·kled, twin·kling.

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

to emit (light) in intermittent gleams or flashes.
Archaic. to wink (the eyes or eyelids).

noun

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Origin of twinkle

before 900; Middle English twinklen (v.), Old English twinclian;see twink, -le

OTHER WORDS FROM twinkle

twinkler, nounun·twin·kled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for twinkle

twinkle
/ (ˈtwɪŋkəl) /

verb (mainly intr)

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

noun

Derived forms of twinkle

twinkler, nountwinkly, adjective

Word Origin for twinkle

Old English twinclian; related to Middle High German zwinken to blink
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