Definition of twinkle in English:


Syllabification: twin·kle
Pronunciation: /ˈtwiNGkəl


[no object]
  • 1(Of a star or light, or a shiny object) shine with a gleam that varies repeatedly between bright and faint: the lights twinkled in the distance (as adjective twinkling) twinkling harbor lights
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    • The stars twinkle under the bright light of the full moon.
    • There are some bright new southern stars twinkling as our northern lights try to recharge their batteries.
    • As he turned out the light, three bright stars twinkled above the silent house.
    sparkling, glistening, glittering, glimmering, glinting, gleaming, flickering, winking, shining, scintillating, lambent
    literary coruscating
  • 1.1(Of a person’s eyes) sparkle, especially with amusement.
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    • He's sitting there, one eyebrow raised, his beautiful eyes twinkling with amusement.
    • ‘Look’, he said, his blue eyes twinkling with amusement.
    • She looks at Jonnie, with eyes twinkling in amusement.
  • 1.2Smile so that one’s eyes sparkle: “Aha!” he said, twinkling at her (as adjective twinkling) a twinkling smile
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    • He stood with his arms folded and head cocked to one side, twinkling at me.
    • When I asked if he knew the location of the real Stone of Destiny he smiled, twinkled mischievously, and said all would be revealed in the fullness of time.
    • Take those tapes of Ronald Reagan's political speeches and memoirs, in which he smiled and twinkled and said not very much at all.
  • 1.3(Of a person’s feet) move lightly and rapidly: his sandaled feet twinkled over the ground
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    • The famous Gallowglass Ceili Band will provide the music with some lively tunes to get the toes twinkling.
    • Playing the ball late, his feet started to twinkle.
    • As principal dancer with the English National Ballet, her toes have to twinkle for a living.


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  • 1A sparkle or gleam in a person’s eyes.
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    • The familiar twinkle danced in her sparkling brown eyes.
    • A grin cracked across the man's stony face, and a twinkle gleamed from his eyes.
    • I saw a mischievous twinkle in his eyes and he waved the salad.
  • 1.1A light that appears continually to grow brighter and fainter: the distant twinkle of the lights
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    • The twinkle of light began to grow and divide, until Peter could see a myriad of bright lights just up ahead.
    • Tired twinkles of light came through the fissures in the roof tiles and a small window in the back wall.
    • The stars serenely encased the green-and-brown planet in their milky twinkle, lighting up all the oceans with a crystal glow, a beautiful shine.


in a twinkling (or the twinkling of an eye)

In an instant; very quickly.
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  • In a twinkling, the ball was swept to the onrushing Kieran Lewis.
  • Our fears that learners would starve was wiped out in a twinkling of an eye.
  • In a twinkling, the broad, tall figure was reduced to thin, glassy shards that dissolved in the air.



Pronunciation: /-k(ə)lər/
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  • Soon, lake docks are glowing with electric twinklers and candle lamps.
  • Dealing with those jumbled balls of tiny twinklers is enough to turn anyone into Scrooge.
  • If you're not interested in having one for your site, and if you like my globes and twinklers, I'd love to hear from you.


Pronunciation: /-k(ə)lē/
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  • But then she greets you with a twinkly smile and a Zsa-Zsa Gabor-esque ‘DAH-ling!’
  • I adore going for walks on Christmas day, because the streets are so quiet but there's a distinctly festive feeling, with twinkly fairy-lights and decorations everywhere.
  • However, it will help to align yourself with independence and stay true to your special, twinkly, mischievous-elf sort of nature.


Old English twinclian (verb), of Germanic origin.

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