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twinkling

[twing-kling] /ˈtwɪŋ klɪŋ/
noun
1.
an act of shining with intermittent gleams of light.
2.
the time required for a wink; an instant.
3.
Archaic. winking; a wink.
Origin
1250-1300
1250-1300; Middle English; see twinkle, -ing1
Related forms
untwinkling, adjective

twinkle

[twing-kuh l] /ˈtwɪŋ kəl/
verb (used without object), twinkled, twinkling.
1.
to shine with a flickering gleam of light, as a star or distant light.
2.
to sparkle in the light:
The diamond on her finger twinkled in the firelight.
3.
(of the eyes) to be bright with amusement, pleasure, etc.
4.
to move flutteringly and quickly, as flashes of light; flit.
5.
Archaic. to wink; blink.
verb (used with object), twinkled, twinkling.
6.
to emit (light) in intermittent gleams or flashes.
7.
Archaic. to wink (the eyes or eyelids).
noun
8.
a flickering or intermittent brightness or light.
9.
a scintillating brightness in the eyes; sparkle.
10.
the time required for a wink; twinkling.
11.
Archaic. a wink.
Origin
before 900; Middle English twinklen (v.), Old English twinclian; see twink, -le
Related forms
twinkler, noun
untwinkled, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for twinkling

twinkling

/ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ/
noun
1.
a very short time; instant; moment Also called twinkling of an eye

twinkle

/ˈtwɪŋkəl/
verb (mainly intransitive)
1.
to emit or reflect light in a flickering manner; shine brightly and intermittently; sparkle: twinkling stars
2.
(of the eyes) to sparkle, esp with amusement or delight
3.
(rare) to move about quickly
4.
(also transitive) (rare) to wink (the eyes); blink
noun
5.
an intermittent gleam of light; flickering brightness; sparkle or glimmer
6.
an instant
7.
a rare word for wink1
Derived Forms
twinkler, noun
twinkly, adjective
Word Origin
Old English twinclian; related to Middle High German zwinken to blink
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Word Origin and History for twinkling

twinkle

v.

Old English twinclian, frequentative of twincan "to wink, blink;" related to Middle High German zwinken, German zwinkern, and probably somehow imitative. The noun is recorded from 1540s. Related: Twinkled; twinkling. Phrase in the twinkling of an eye is attested from c.1300.

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