Definition of sparkle in US English:

sparkle

verb

[no object]
  • 1Shine brightly with flashes of light.

    ‘her earrings sparkled as she turned her head’
    • ‘A frozen waterfall stood right in front of us, sparkling under the light.’
    • ‘Her light skin sparkled and shined from the sun tan lotion she was wearing.’
    • ‘His dark blue eyes sparkled when the light hit them and his hair was damp and stuck to his face.’
    • ‘Joe was gazing at his brother with amusement sparkling brightly in his hazel eyes.’
    • ‘The sun was sparkling and gleaming brightly on the water… its shades were spectacular.’
    • ‘There was great breeze, and I could see the stars over the tops of the trees, sparkling brightly.’
    • ‘I stole a glance into his clever eyes, which were sparkling brightly in the pure light of the moon.’
    • ‘He looked like a four-year-old on Christmas Eve by the way his blue eyes sparkled and danced.’
    • ‘Her golden hair glistened in the sun, her light blue eyes sparkling brightly.’
    • ‘She laughs again, her ocean-colored eyes sparkling in the dim light.’
    • ‘My mother's black hair shone in the dim light and her eyes sparkling with delight.’
    • ‘The purple, glittery top sparkled under my light and I giggled as I slipped it over my head.’
    • ‘Jem raises an eyebrow, a flicker of amusement sparkling in his tired blue eyes.’
    • ‘Her bright blue eyes sparkled when she was particularly happy or angry, which was quite often.’
    • ‘Around her neck was a pearl necklace sparkling under the bright light.’
    • ‘He saw me when he looked up, his brown eyes sparkling in the light.’
    • ‘She smiled, the ruby on her chest sparkling in the dim light from the hall.’
    • ‘In her hand was a necklace, its red gem sparkling in the candle light.’
    • ‘A young person in silhouette sits in the corner, gazing up at the city lights sparkling like constellations.’
    • ‘The lights were sparkling and the sky was so clear you could see birds flying.’
    glitter, glint, glisten, twinkle, flicker, flash, blink, wink, shimmer, dance, shine, gleam, glow
    glittering, glinting, glistening, scintillating, twinkling, coruscating, flickering, flashing, shimmering, shimmery, bright, brilliant, iridescent, opalescent, lustrous, dancing, shining, gleaming, glowing
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  • 2Be vivacious and witty.

    ‘after a glass of wine, she began to sparkle’
    be lively, be vivacious, be animated, be ebullient, be exuberant, be bubbly, be effervescent, be sparkling, be witty, be brilliant, be enthusiastic, be full of life
    brilliant, dazzling, scintillating, coruscating, exciting, exhilarating, stimulating, invigorating
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noun

  • 1A glittering flash of light.

    ‘there was a sparkle in his eyes’
    • ‘The room is gold and sparkles in the soft light of candles and electricity.’
    • ‘The top was quarter-sleeved and off the shoulder and dusted with sparkles and pearls and white lace.’
    • ‘The girl had bright pink hair that dully caught the light, reflecting a million glittering sparkles.’
    • ‘Glittering jewels and sparkles decorated the front of the dress and contrasted the red ruby that hung against her neck.’
    • ‘Here and there little fireflies fluttered, filling the air with soft sparkles of light.’
    • ‘The silver sparkles are gleaming in the moonlight.’
    glitter, glint, twinkle, twinkling, flicker, flickering, shimmer, flash, flashing, blinking, winking, dancing, shine, gleam, glow
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  • 2Vivacity and wit.

    ‘she's got a kind of sparkle’
    • ‘She was tiny, pretty, and vivacious, her sparkle compensating for a lack of education.’
    • ‘His cricket and his personality were marked by charm and sparkle.’
    • ‘The publishing industry needs awards to bring sparkle and a sense of celebrity into writing.’
    • ‘The entire performance was imbued with sparkle and élan.’
    vivacity, animation, liveliness, vitality, life, verve, high spirits, exuberance, zest, buoyancy, effervescence, enthusiasm, ardour, energy, vigour, go, elan, gusto, brio, bounce, spirit, spiritedness, dynamism, activity, fire, panache, colour, dash, drive
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Origin

Middle English: frequentative (verb) or diminutive (noun) of spark.

Pronunciation

sparkle

/ˈspärk(ə)l//ˈspɑrk(ə)l/