- 1[intransitive] to shine with a light that keeps changing from bright to faint to bright again Stars twinkled in the sky. twinkling lights in the distance Synonymsshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:Moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:The road glistened wet after the rain.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:Stars sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint on something to shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/twinkle/glint with something to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint in the sunlight to shine/gleam/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint in the moonlight the stars shine/sparkle/glitter/twinkle somebody’s eyes shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/glitter/twinkle/glint to shine/gleam/glow/glitter brightly to shine/gleam/glow/shimmer softly
- 2[intransitive] twinkle (with something) | twinkle (at somebody) if your eyes twinkle, you have a bright expression because you are happy or excited twinkling blue eyes Her eyes twinkled with merriment. His mother twinkled at him over her teacup. See related entries: Excitement Word Origin Old English twinclian (verb), of Germanic origin.Extra examples Her eyes twinkled with mischief. His dark eyes twinkled merrily at her. His eyes twinkled with laughter. She could see twinkling lights in the distance.
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋkl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they twinkle
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋkl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋkl//he / she / it twinkles
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋklz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋklz//past simple twinkled
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋkld//past participle twinkled
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋkld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋkld//-ing form twinkling
BrE BrE//ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈtwɪŋklɪŋ//Excitement