Definition of twinkle in English:

twinkle

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’
    • ‘The light gradually faded out of the cavern, leaving only shards of broken ice twinkling dimly in the darkness.’
    • ‘Glass fell, twinkling in the firelight like stardust dropping from the sky.’
    • ‘By nightfall, several dozen boats will be out on the lake with their lanterns twinkling in the velvet darkness.’
    • ‘They twinkled bright in the dark sky, beautiful and old and they made her unimportant.’
    • ‘There wasn't a soul in sight, only the bright stars twinkling above.’
    • ‘A few stars twinkled through the light dark clouds.’
    • ‘They were beautiful, twinkling in the dark sky above.’
    • ‘As he turned out the light, three bright stars twinkled above the silent house.’
    • ‘Hundreds of small fish twinkled in the refracted sunlight.’
    • ‘The stars twinkle under the bright light of the full moon.’
    • ‘The city looked peaceful, lights twinkling and the trees still in the balmy night.’
    • ‘Lights twinkled down below and a breeze rustled the trees.’
    • ‘There are some bright new southern stars twinkling as our northern lights try to recharge their batteries.’
    • ‘I could see the lights from the town twinkling in the distance.’
    • ‘Stars twinkled merrily, their brief flashes of light competing with the steady glow of the moon.’
    • ‘The stars twinkled brightly in the night sky above her head.’
    • ‘The stars twinkled and shined like they were the only thing to light up the Earth tonight.’
    • ‘The sapphire twinkled in the setting sun's light.’
    • ‘Outside the moon shone bright and the stars twinkled.’
    • ‘Glass shapes, baubles and coloured beads all hung from the ivy, twinkling in the sun's rays.’
    glittering, sparkling, coruscating, glimmering, glinting, gleaming, glistening, flickering, winking
    bright, shining, brilliant
    scintillating, scintillant, refulgent, effulgent, fulgent, nitid, luculent
    glitter, sparkle, shine, glimmer, shimmer, glint, gleam, scintillate, glisten, flicker, flash, wink, blink
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    1. 1.1 (of a person's eyes) sparkle, especially with amusement:
      ‘the smile made her face crease and her eyes twinkle’
      • ‘Chris' eyes faltered for a moment, but continued to playfully twinkle during his levity.’
      • ‘‘Look’, he said, his blue eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘Zachary's eyes widened for a moment, but they soon twinkled with amusement.’
      • ‘He blinked his ebony black eyes, the irises twinkling with delight.’
      • ‘She looks at Jonnie, with eyes twinkling in amusement.’
      • ‘She looks at Ryan, her brown eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘The older pictures had MaryAnn smiling radiantly, teeth shining and eyes scrunched together twinkling with delight.’
      • ‘He had a broad, trusting smile, and eyes that twinkled with mischief.’
      • ‘Ryan prods, his eyes twinkling brightly with mischief.’
      • ‘Terry rolled his eyes, but the green orbs twinkled with amusement.’
      • ‘He's sitting there, one eyebrow raised, his beautiful eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘The boy looked up, his dark blue eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘There stood Mr. Grunge, brown eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘Her eye's started to twinkle with curiosity when she came across a black door.’
      • ‘‘No prob’, she replied, her green eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘One of the men gave a harsh laugh, his eyes twinkling with unspoken amusement.’
      • ‘Frances nods, her dark eyes twinkling with either amusement or disbelief.’
      • ‘‘I'll be looking forward to it,’ she replied, her ice blue eyes twinkling with amusement.’
      • ‘Her eyes flashed and twinkled mysteriously, and she shot her gaze towards me.’
      • ‘Lisa leaned forward eagerly, her eyes twinkling with amusement.’
    2. 1.2 Smile so that one's eyes sparkle:
      ‘‘Aha!’ he said, twinkling at her’
      • ‘Alan beamed proudly and twinkled even more.’
      • ‘He stood with his arms folded and head cocked to one side, twinkling at me.’
      • ‘‘A close call,’ he twinkles (with arms akimbo and a smile reminiscent of Richard Branson's).’
      • ‘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’
    • ‘Just the idea of twinkling my toes in the sand puts a smile on my face.’
    • ‘As principal dancer with the English National Ballet, her toes have to twinkle for a living.’
    • ‘Playing the ball late, his feet started to twinkle.’
    • ‘Few players have such twinkling and quick feet and are balanced enough to switch the ball quickly between them.’
    • ‘The famous Gallowglass Ceili Band will provide the music with some lively tunes to get the toes twinkling.’
    run lightly, dart, dance, skip, flit, glide
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noun

  • 1A sparkle or gleam in a person's eyes:

    ‘she looked at me with a grin and a twinkle in her eye’
    • ‘He nodded, an amused twinkle still evident in his eyes.’
    • ‘There was a slight twinkle of humour in them.’
    • ‘A playful and teasing twinkle had come into her eye.’
    • ‘She rubbed my arm comfortingly with a small twinkle of mischief that I had seen somewhere else.’
    • ‘He blinked as he felt her breath on his neck, her brown eyes watching him with a playful twinkle.’
    • ‘A twinkle appeared in his eye, as though he thought me comical.’
    • ‘The amused twinkle wasn't quite gone from his eyes, but he was much more serious now.’
    • ‘Rachel glanced over at him and noticed the familiar mischievous twinkle in his eyes had returned.’
    • ‘A twinkle of amusement and excitement gleamed in his olive colored eyes.’
    • ‘Jason looked at her with a twinkle of laughter in his eyes.’
    • ‘The familiar twinkle danced in her sparkling brown eyes.’
    • ‘I saw a mischievous twinkle in his eyes and he waved the salad.’
    • ‘He nodded his agreement once again, and Drake thought he detected an impish twinkle dancing in his eyes.’
    • ‘A faint twinkle was present in his eye, which grew more noticeable when he spoke.’
    • ‘A playful twinkle appeared in her emerald eyes.’
    • ‘His former amethyst eyes were now replaced by blood red ones, an evil twinkle passing through them.’
    • ‘She looked into his gorgeous, blue eyes that had a dull twinkle in them.’
    • ‘He had a huge grin on his face and his eyes had a twinkle to them.’
    • ‘A grin cracked across the man's stony face, and a twinkle gleamed from his eyes.’
    • ‘Tanner saw the twinkle of amusement in the elf's eyes as he briefly faced him.’
    glitter, sparkle, twinkling, glimmer, shimmer, glint, gleam, flicker, dazzle, flash, wink, blink
    scintillation, coruscation, fulguration
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    1. 1.1 A light which appears continually to grow brighter and fainter:
      ‘the distant twinkle of the lights’
      • ‘A faint twinkle appeared under the mass of rubble occupying the centre part of the room.’
      • ‘The twinkle of light began to grow and divide, until Peter could see a myriad of bright lights just up ahead.’
      • ‘Further still, and a twinkle of daylight breaks the distance.’
      • ‘After a time that seemed like forever, I began to see a small twinkle of light.’
      • ‘Adriana sat watching the glow of the dying fire and the golden twinkle of summer stars.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘You feel you could be in a theater which screens art films were it not for the twinkle of Christmas lights across a black curtain.’
      • ‘Tired twinkles of light came through the fissures in the roof tiles and a small window in the back wall.’
      • ‘The sun had almost set and already Auckland's lights were a twinkle in the distance.’
      • ‘Usually with all the lights in this city, you could barely see a twinkle in the sky.’
      • ‘This time the light is the twinkle of candles picking up gold trim on china plates.’
      • ‘It was the size of a large classroom, and the light was provided by a small bulb above a shelf of bottles behind the bar, a light illuminating the tightly fitting pool table, and the twinkle of bulbs in the juke box.’
      • ‘The fire in his eyes flared and with a single hand he flipped the table halfway across the room, the teapot and cups shattering in a twinkle of light.’
      • ‘As she said this she clasped the bracelet and there was a bright twinkle of gold.’
      • ‘She looked out into the ocean, seeing the moonlight twinkle on the ocean surface as the waves slowly danced their way to shore.’
      • ‘He felt cold and damp, but was comforted to see the twinkle of torchlight in the distance.’
      • ‘I unclench my fist, and a twinkle of reflected light shines back in my face.’
      • ‘Bright twinkles of stars had also started to emerge and the whole scene had become even more picturesque than previously.’
      • ‘At this depth the last rays of sunlight fail to penetrate the water and the only lights comes from life forms that produce twinkles and sparkles of primarily blue and green bioluminescence.’

Origin

Old English twinclian (verb), of Germanic origin.

Pronunciation

twinkle

/ˈtwɪŋk(ə)l/