- 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
Related Words for twinklingbright, flashing, gleaming, glimmering, glistening, shimmering, shining, instant, flash, moment, blink, second, shake, fire, scintillation, twinkle, chatoyant, scintillating
Examples from the Web for twinkling
Historical Examples of 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 for twinkle
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.
see in the twinkling of an eye.