From Middle English sparkel, sparkle, sparcle, equivalent to spark + -le (diminutive suffix).
sparkle (countable and uncountable, plural sparkles)
- A little spark; a scintillation.
- The shock was sufficiently strong to strike out some sparkles of his fiery temper.
- Brilliance; luster.
the sparkle of a diamond
- Liveliness; vivacity.
the sparkle of his conversation over dinner
- The quality of being sparkling or fizzy; effervescence.
- Armenian: կայծ (hy) (kayc)
- Catalan: espurna (ca), centella
- Mandarin: 閃耀 (zh), 闪耀 (zh) (shǎnyào), 閃爍 (zh), 闪烁 (zh) (shǎnshuò)
- Georgian: ციმციმი (cimcimi), ციალი (ciali), გაელვება (gaelveba), კრთომა (ḳrtoma), გამოკრთომა (gamoḳrtoma), ბჟუტვა (bžuṭva), კვესა (ḳvesa), კამკამი (ḳamḳami), კიაფი (ḳiapi), ბრწყინვა (brc̣q̇inva), ბრჭყვინვა (brč̣q̇vinva), სცინტილაცია (scinṭilacia)
- Ancient: ἀμάρυγξ f (amárunx)
- Catalan: brillantor (ca), brillor f
- Mandarin: 光輝 (zh), 光辉 (zh) (guānghuī), 光彩 (zh) (guāngcǎi)
- Finnish: välke (fi), säihke (fi)
- Georgian: ბრწყინვა (brc̣q̇inva), ბრწყინვალება (brc̣q̇invaleba), ელვარება (elvareba), კაშკაში (ḳašḳaši), ბრჭყვინვა (brč̣q̇vinva), ჩახჩახი (čaxčaxi)
- German: Funkeln m, Glitzern m
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From Middle English sparklen, sperclen, equivalent to spark + -le (frequentative verb). Cognate with Dutch sparkelen (“to sparkle”).
sparkle (third-person singular simple present sparkles, present participle sparkling, simple past and past participle sparkled)
- (intransitive) To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles
The wood was sparkling in the bonfire.
- (by extension) To shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle
The stars sparkle in the sky.
1387–1400, Geoffrey Chaucer, “The Knyghtes Tale”, in The Canterbury Tales, [Westminster: William Caxton, published 1478], OCLC 230972125; republished in [William Thynne], editor, The Workes of Geffray Chaucer Newlye Printed, […], [London]: […] [Richard Grafton for] Iohn Reynes […], 1542, OCLC 932884868:
- A Mantelet vp on his shulder hangynge
Bretful of Rubies reede / as fyr sparklynge
1918, W. B. Maxwell, chapter 5, in The Mirror and the Lamp:
Here, in the transept and choir, where the service was being held, one was conscious every moment of an increasing brightness; colours glowing vividly beneath the circular chandeliers, and the rows of small lights on the choristers' desks flashed and sparkled in front of the boys' faces, deep linen collars, and red neckbands.
- (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
- (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce
- (transitive) To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
- (transitive, obsolete) To disperse.
- (transitive, obsolete) To scatter on or over.
to shine as if throwing off sparks; scintillate
to manifest as if by emitting sparks; glisten
to emit in the likeness of sparks
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for sparkle in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)