Definition of twinkling in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈtwɪŋk(ə)lɪŋ/
Pronunciation: /ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ/


1Shining with a gleam that changes from bright to faint: twinkling harbour lights
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  • Dew glistened in the grass on the side of the road like little twinkling diamonds in the rough.
  • Stand her in the middle of a darkened Victorian dining room draped with holiday greenery, a Christmas tree twinkling in the corner.
  • Except for the lovely outdoor night scene for Juliet's funeral, with its twinkling stars, some updating might be good.
1.1(Of a person’s eyes) sparkling, especially with amusement: twinkling eyes, happy smiles
More example sentences
  • I saw all of biblical history in the twinkling of an eye.
  • Two pairs of eyes locked together, both sets of eyes twinkling with the deepest of emotions.
  • The man grins at you, his eyes twinkling.


in a twinkling (or the twinkling of an eye)

In an instant; very quickly: I’ll have supper ready in a twinkling
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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.
(very) soon, in a second, in a minute, in a moment, in a trice, in a flash, in an instant, in the twinkling of an eye, in (less than) no time, in no time at all, before you know it, before long, shortly, in a very short time, any second (now), any minute (now);
North American  momentarily
British informal in a tick, in two ticks, in a mo, sharpish
North American informal in a snap
dated directly

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