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[spahr-kler] /ˈspɑr klər/
a person or thing that sparkles.
a firework that emits little sparks.
a sparkling gem, especially a diamond.
Informal. a bright eye.
Origin of sparkler
1705-15; sparkle + -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • The little boy and girl well knew the "sparkler," as they sometimes called it.

  • The devotion of Mr sparkler was only to be equalled by the caprice and cruelty of his enslaver.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Mr sparkler received the idea so kindly that Mr Dorrit asked what he was going to do that day, for instance?

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Amy had been thinking of this some one else too; for it was Mr sparkler.

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
  • Csar looked over the men who were with the police inspector; one of them was "sparkler."

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • I—ah—was not making any remark that could be described as a sparkler, Sir.

  • A moment later "Driveller" Juan and "sparkler" came out of the loom and disappeared down a lane.

    Csar or Nothing Po Baroja Baroja
  • And that your heart will be on the point of sinking with dread, then you will find yourself in the arms of the sparkler of Albion.

British Dictionary definitions for sparkler


a type of firework that throws out showers of sparks
(informal) a sparkling gem
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for sparkler

in the hand-held fireworks sense, 1879, agent noun from sparkle (v.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for sparkler

spare tire

noun phrase

  1. Flab about the waist; a certain embonpoint; bulge (1925+)
  2. A superfluous and unwelcome person: I didn't come, because I knew I'd be a spare tire in that crowd (1940s+)
  3. A tedious person; a bore (1940s+)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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