an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light.
the time required for a wink; an instant.
Archaic. winking; a wink.
Origin of twinkling
Middle EnglishRelated formsun·twin·kling, adjective
word dating back to 1250–1300;
see origin at twinkle
verb (used without object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
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.
verb (used with object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
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.
Archaic. a wink.
Origin of twinkle
before 900; Middle English twinklenRelated formstwin·kler, nounun·twin·kled, adjective
(v.), Old English twinclian;
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Related Words for twinklingbright
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Historical Examples of twinkling
Twinkling lights were all that I could see of the noted town.
Twinkling, shining, expanding, the stars grew into a pair of eyes in the darkness.
Twinkling eyes with red lashes shone with the utmost good-will.
A beacon-light far off, Twinkling across the waves like a star!
Twinkling lights also appeared in the night heavens between the swiftly flying clouds.
British Dictionary definitions for twinkling
a very short time; instant; momentAlso called: twinkling of an eye
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
Derived Formstwinkler, nountwinkly, adjective
an intermittent gleam of light; flickering brightness; sparkle or glimmer
Word Origin for twinkle
Old English twinclian; related to Middle High German zwinken to blink
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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.
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Idioms and Phrases with twinkling
see in the twinkling of an eye.
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