• IPA: /ˈtwɪŋkl̩/

twinkle (twinkles, present participle twinkling; past and past participle twinkled)

  1. (of a source of light) to shine with a flickering light; to glimmer
    We could see the lights of the village twinkling in the distance.
    • These stars do not twinkle when viewed through telescopes that have large apertures.
    • 1814 July 6, [Walter Scott], Waverley; or, ’Tis Sixty Years Since. In Three Volumes, volume (please specify ), Edinburgh: Printed by James Ballantyne and Co. for Archibald Constable and Co.; London: Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, OCLC 270129598 ↗:
  2. (chiefly, of eyes) to be bright with delight
    Synonyms: sparkle
    His shrewd little eyes twinkled roguishly.
  3. to bat, blink or wink the eyes
    • 1922, Mrs. Juliet M. Hueffer Soskice, Chapters from Childhood: Reminiscences of an Artist's Granddaughter, page 165 ↗
      She smiled and gave a little nod and twinkled her eyes […]
    • The owl fell a moping and twinkling.
  4. to flit to and fro
    • 1988, Dorothy Gilman, Mrs. Pollifax and the Golden Triangle, page 190
      A butterfly twinkled among the vines […]
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twinkle (plural twinkles)

  1. a sparkle or glimmer of light
    • , "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
    • , "Poetical Works of James Russell Lowell",
      I saw the twinkle of white feet,
  4. (colloquial) A brief moment; a twinkling.
  5. (childish) The female genitalia.
    The popular Swedish cartoon song about genitals was translated as "Willie and Twinkle".
  • Russian: мерца́ние
  • Russian: сия́ние
  • Russian: порха́ние

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