twinkle
I. verb (twinkled; twinkling) Etymology: Middle English, from Old English twinclian; akin to Middle High German zwinken to blink Date: before 12th century intransitive verb 1. to shine with a flickering or sparkling light ; scintillate 2. a. to flutter the eyelids b. to appear bright especially with merriment <
his eyes twinkled
>
3. to flutter or flit rapidly transitive verb 1. to cause to shine with fluctuating light 2. to flicker or flirt rapidly <
twinkled the straight, red-lacquered toes — Glenway Wescott
>
twinkler noun II. noun Date: 1548 1. a wink of the eyelids 2. the instant's duration of a wink ; twinkling 3. an intermittent radiance ; flicker, sparkle 4. a rapid flashing motion ; flittwinkly adjective

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