Definition of Twinkle

1. Noun. A rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash.

Exact synonyms: Scintillation, Sparkling
Generic synonyms: Alteration, Change, Modification
Derivative terms: Scintillate, Sparkle



2. Verb. Gleam or glow intermittently. "The horizon is twinkleing with lights"; "The lights were flashing"
Exact synonyms: Blink, Flash, Wink, Winkle
Specialized synonyms: Flick, Flicker
Generic synonyms: Radiate
Derivative terms: Blinker, Blinker, Flash, Flasher, Twinkler

3. Noun. Merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance. "There's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes"
Exact synonyms: Light, Spark, Sparkle
Generic synonyms: Verve, Vitality, Aspect, Expression, Face, Facial Expression, Look
Derivative terms: Sparkle, Sparkly, Twinkly

4. Verb. Emit or reflect light in a flickering manner. "The coins twinkle "; "Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?"
Exact synonyms: Scintillate, Winkle
Category relationships: Celestial Body, Heavenly Body
Generic synonyms: Beam, Shine
Related verbs: Scintillate
Derivative terms: Scintilla, Scintillant, Scintillation, Twinkler

Definition of Twinkle

1. v. i. To open and shut the eye rapidly; to blink; to wink.

2. n. A closing or opening, or a quick motion, of the eye; a wink or sparkle of the eye.

Definition of Twinkle

1. Verb. (context: of a source of light) to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer ¹

2. Verb. (chiefly of eyes) to be bright with delight ¹

3. Verb. to bat, blink or wink the eyes ¹

4. Verb. to flit to and fro ¹

5. Noun. a sparkle or glimmer of light ¹

6. Noun. a sparkle of delight in the eyes. ¹

7. Noun. a flitting movement ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Twinkle

1. to shine with a flickering or sparkling light [v -KLED, -KLING, -KLES]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Twinkle

twinhulled
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twinier
twiniest
twinight
twining
twiningly
twinings
twinjet
twinjets
twink
twinked
twinkie
twinkies
twinking
twinkle (current term)
twinkle toes
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twinkler
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twinkliest
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twinkling(a)
twinklingly
twinklings
twinkly
twinkly-eyed
twinks

Literary usage of Twinkle

Below you will find example usage of this term as found in modern and/or classical literature:

1. St. Nicholas by Mary Mapes Dodge (1887)
"twinkle had a pleasant home and a kind mistress, but he was, nevertheless, ... twinkle had done everything that a dog could do to escape this terror. ..."

2. Poetry for Children by Samuel Eliot (1879)
"When the glorious sun is set, When the grass with dew is wet, Then you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle, all the night. ..."

3. Public School Methods (1921)
"twinkle, twinkle, LITTLE STAR twinkle, twinkle, little star, How I wonder what you are, Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. ..."

4. Poems by Grades: Containing Poems Selected for Each Grade of the School by Ada Van Stone Harris, Charles Benajah Gilbert (1907)
"When the glorious sun is set, When the grass with dew is wet, Then you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle, all the night. ..."

5. Nature in Verse: A Poetry Reader for Children by Mary Isabella Lovejoy (1895)
"When the blazing sun is gone, When he nothing shines upon, Then you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle, all the night. In the dark blue sky you keep, ..."

6. Poems that Every Child Should Know: A Selection of the Best Poems of All by Mary Elizabeth Burt (1904)
"twinkle, twinkle, little star! How I wonder what you are, Up above the world so high, Like a diamond in the sky. When the glorious sun is set, ..."

7. Reading-literature: Seventh Reader by Harriette Taylor Treadwell, Margaret Free, Thomas Henry Briggs (1911)
"When the blazing sun is set, And the grass with dew is wet, Then you show your little light, twinkle, twinkle, all the night. In the dark blue sky you keep, ..."

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