- 1(, informal sparkly NAmE//ˈspɑrkli//) shining and flashing with light the calm and sparkling waters of the lake sparkling blue eyes
- 2 (of drinks) containing bubbles of gas a sparkling wine sparkling mineral water
- 3interesting and amusing a sparkling conversation/personality
- 4excellent; of very good quality The champion was in sparkling form. a sparkling performance The big stores have had another year of sparkling results.