AskDefine | Define twinkle

Dictionary Definition

twinkle n : a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash [syn: scintillation, sparkling]

Verb

1 gleam or glow intermittently; "The lights were flashing" [syn: flash, blink, wink, winkle]
2 emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?" [syn: winkle, scintillate]

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English

Pronunciation

Verb

  1. In the context of "of a source of light": to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer
    The stars were twinkling in the dark sky.
    We could see the lights of the village twinkling in the distance.
  2. In the context of "especially|of eyes": to be bright with delight
    His shrewd little eyes twinkled roguishly.''
  3. to bat, blink or wink the eyes
    • Mrs. Juliet M. Hueffer Soskice, "Reminiscences of an Artist's Granddaughter",
      She smiled and gave a little nod and twinkled her eyes and said, ...
  4. to flit to and fro
    • Dorothy Gilman, "Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle"
      A butterfly twinkled among the vines ...

Translations

to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer
to be bright with delight
to bat, blink or wink the eyes
to flit to and fro

Noun

  1. a sparkle or glimmer of light
    • Robert De Beaugrande, "Text, Discourse, and Process",
      Soon the rocket was out of sight, and the flame was only seen as a tiny twinkle of light.
  2. a sparkle of delight in the eyes.
    He was a rotund, jolly man with a twinkle in his eye.
  3. a flitting movement
    • James Russell Lowell, "Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell",
      I saw the twinkle of white feet,

Translations

a sparkle or glimmer of light
a sparkle of delight in the eyes
a flitting movement

Extensive Definition

Twinkle may refer to one of the following.
twinkle in Dutch: Twinkle
twinkle in Japanese: トゥインクル

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