- 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 lightsMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1(Of a person’s eyes) sparkle, especially with amusement.More example sentences
- 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 smileMore example sentences
- 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 groundMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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 lightsMore example sentences
- 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.More example sentences
- 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.
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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.
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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.