Definition of twinkle in English:

twinkle

Line breaks: twin¦kle
Pronunciation: /ˈtwɪŋk(ə)l
 
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verb

1 [no object] (Of a star or light, or a shiny object) shine with a gleam that changes constantly from bright to faint: the lights twinkled in the distance
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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.
Synonyms
1.1(Of a person’s eyes) sparkle, especially with amusement: the smile made her face crease and her eyes twinkle
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
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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.
2 [no object, with adverbial] (Of a person’s feet) move lightly and rapidly: his sandalled 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.
Synonyms
run lightly, dart, dance, skip, flit, glide

noun

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1A sparkle or gleam in a person’s eyes: she looked at me with a grin and a twinkle in her eye
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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.
Synonyms
1.1A light which 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.

Origin

Old English twinclian (verb), of Germanic origin.

Derivatives

twinkler

noun
More example sentences
  • 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.

twinkly

adjective (twinklier, twinkliest)
More example sentences
  • 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.

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