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twinkleverb [I]

uk   us   /ˈtwɪŋ.kl̩/
(of ​light or a ​shinysurface) to ​shinerepeatedlystrongly then ​weakly, as if ​flashing on and off very ​quickly: The ​lights of the ​town twinkled in the ​distance. The ​stars twinkled in the ​clearsky. His ​browneyes twinkled behind the gold-rimmed ​glasses.

twinklenoun [S]

uk   us   /ˈtwɪŋ.kl̩/
an ​act of twinkling: the twinkle of the ​stars/​lights/​diamonds He was ​holding the ​phone with a ​mischievous twinkle in hiseye (= ​expression of ​amusement).
(Definition of twinkle from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

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twinkleverb [I]

 us   /ˈtwɪŋ·kəl/
(of ​light) to ​shinebrightly and then less ​brightly, as if ​quicklyflashing on and off: Stars twinkled in the ​clearnightsky. Someone whose ​eyes twinkle has a ​bright, ​intelligentexpression: His ​eyes twinkled with ​mischief.

twinklenoun [C]

 us   /ˈtwɪŋ·kəl/
a ​flash of ​light, ​shiningbrightly and then less ​brightly: We could ​see the twinkle of ​lightsacross the ​bay I ​know that twinkle in ​youreyemeanstrouble!
(Definition of twinkle from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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