Etymology
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twinkle (v.)

Old English twinclian "to twinkle, wink," frequentative of twincan "to wink, blink," with -el (3). Twincan is related to Middle High German zwinken, German zwinkern, and probably somehow imitative. Related: Twinkled; twinkling. The noun is recorded from 1540s. Phrase in the twinkling of an eye "in a very brief time" is attested from c. 1300.

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Definitions of twinkle
1
twinkle (v.)
emit or reflect light in a flickering manner;
Does a constellation twinkle more brightly than a single star?
Synonyms: winkle / scintillate
twinkle (v.)
gleam or glow intermittently;
Synonyms: flash / blink / wink / winkle
2
twinkle (n.)
a rapid change in brightness; a brief spark or flash;
twinkle (n.)
merriment expressed by a brightness or gleam or animation of countenance;
there's a perpetual twinkle in his eyes
Synonyms: sparkle / spark / light
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