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Etymology 1 edit

From Middle English sparkel, sparkle, sparcle, equivalent to spark +‎ -le (diminutive suffix). In some modern uses deverbal from etymology 2 below.

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sparkle (countable and uncountable, plural sparkles)

  1. A little spark; a scintillation.
  2. Brilliance; luster.
    the sparkle of a diamond
  3. Liveliness; vivacity.
    the sparkle of his conversation over dinner
  4. The quality of being sparkling or fizzy; effervescence.
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Etymology 2 edit

From Middle English sparklen, sperclen, equivalent to spark +‎ -le (frequentative verb). Cognate with West Frisian sparkelje (to sparkle), Dutch sparkelen (to sparkle).

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sparkle (third-person singular simple present sparkles, present participle sparkling, simple past and past participle sparkled)

  1. (intransitive) To emit sparks; to throw off ignited or incandescent particles
    The wood was sparkling in the bonfire.
  2. (by extension) To shine as if throwing off sparks; to emit flashes of light; to scintillate; to twinkle
    The stars sparkle in the sky.
    • 1918, W[illiam] B[abington] Maxwell, chapter V, in The Mirror and the Lamp, Indianapolis, Ind.: The Bobbs-Merrill Company, →OCLC:
      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.
  3. (intransitive) To manifest itself by, or as if by, emitting sparks; to glisten; to flash.
  4. (intransitive) To emit little bubbles, as certain kinds of liquors; to effervesce
    sparkling wine
    sparkling water
  5. (transitive) To emit in the form or likeness of sparks.
  6. (transitive, obsolete) To disperse.
  7. (transitive, obsolete) To scatter on or over.
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  1. Alternative form of sparkel