Definition of twinkle in English:


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


  • 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.
    run lightly, dart, dance, skip, flit, glide


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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.
  • 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.



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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.


adjective (twinklier, twinkliest)
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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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