twinkling

[twing-kling]
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; Middle English; see twinkle, -ing1

untwinkling, adjective
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twinkle

[twing-kuhl]
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

twinkler, noun
untwinkled, adjective
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twinkle (ˈtwɪŋkəl)
 
vb
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.  rare (also tr) to wink (the eyes); blink
 
n
5.  an intermittent gleam of light; flickering brightness; sparkle or glimmer
6.  an instant
7.  a rare word for wink
 
[Old English twinclian; related to Middle High German zwinken to blink]
 
'twinkler
 
n
 
'twinkly
 
adj

twinkling or twink (ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ, twɪŋk)
 
n
Also called: twinkling of an eye a very short time; instant; moment
 
twink or twink
 
n

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Word Origin & History

twinkle
O.E. twinclian, frequentative of twincan "to wink, blink;" related to M.H.G. zwinken, Ger. zwinkern, and probably somehow imitative. The noun is recorded from 1548. Phrase in the twinkling of an eye is attested from c.1300.
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Idioms & Phrases

twinkling

see in the twinkling of an eye.

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Example sentences
Patrons can walk or drive through an amazing array of twinkling lights and sparkling displays.
It becomes a pop-out mostly-grey blue-red-twinkling heart.
Some of you believe in possessions, well the knowledge in a twinkling of the eye did not take place here then did it.
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