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v. twin·kled, twin·kling, twin·kles
1. To shine with slight, intermittent gleams, as distant lights or stars; flicker; glimmer. See Synonyms at flash.
2. To be bright or sparkling, as with merriment or delight: eyes that twinkled with joy.
3. To blink or wink the eyes.
4. To move about or to and fro rapidly and gracefully; flit.
To emit (light) in slight, intermittent gleams.
1. A slight, intermittent gleam of light; a sparkling flash; a glimmer.
2. A sparkle of merriment or delight in the eye.
3. A brief interval; a twinkling.
4. A rapid to-and-fro movement.

[Middle English twinklen, from Old English twinclian, frequentative of twincan, to blink.]

twin′kler n.
twink′ly adj.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.twinkler - an object that emits or reflects light in an intermittent flickering mannertwinkler - an object that emits or reflects light in an intermittent flickering manner
shiner - something that shines (with emitted or reflected light)
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He asked how far away those twinklers were, and whether God was on the other side of them.
But we're going to skip round among those little twinklers up there--the stars--and the splendid planets that my old man so often talks about.
In the country's total darkness, each star becomes a twinkler and you knew if you were just a little taller, you could reach up and touch one.
Tommy Steele, the toothy twinkler who charmed cinema audiences in the mid-1960s with Half a Sixpence, is coming to the Grand next week in Dr Doolittle.