Origin of twinkling
verb (used without object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
verb (used with object), twin·kled, twin·kling.
Origin of twinkle
Examples from the Web for twinkling
Twinkling, shining, expanding, the stars grew into a pair of eyes in the darkness.Camps and Trails|Henry Abbott
A beacon-light far off, Twinkling across the waves like a star!Songs from Vagabondia|Bliss Carman and Richard Hovey
Twinkling eyes with red lashes shone with the utmost good-will.The Lamp in the Desert|Ethel M. Dell
Twinkling so that there is gas, budding so that there is hair, blaming so that there is pleasing, all along the heap of all.Matisse Picasso and Gertrude Stein|Gertrude Stein
Twinkling lights also appeared in the night heavens between the swiftly flying clouds.Arachne, Complete|Georg Ebers
verb (mainly intr)
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.