Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To glance shyly or slyly; look askance; make eyes; leer; peer; pry.
  • v. To twinkle; sparkle; wink.
  • n. A sly glance; a leer.
  • n. A twisted filament; a thread.
  • v. To twist; twirl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A twisted filament; a thread.
  • intransitive v. To peep; to glance obliquely; to leer.
  • intransitive v. To twinkle; to glance; to gleam.
  • intransitive v. To sing, or twitter.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To glance shyly or slyly; look askance; make eyes; leer; peer; pry.
  • To twinkle; sparkle; wink.
  • To twist; twirl.
  • n. A sly glance; a leer.
  • n. A twisted filament; a thread.

Etymologies

From Middle English twiren ("to peep out, pry about, twinkle, glance, gleam"), cognate with Middle High German zwieren ("to spy"), Bavarian zwiren, zwieren ("to spy, glance"). Perhaps related to Old English twinclian ("to twinkle"). More at twinkle. (Wiktionary)
From Middle English *twir, *twirn, from Old English *twirn, *tweorn (“twine, thread”), from Proto-Germanic *twiznaz (“thread”), from Proto-Indo-European *duwo- (“two”). Cognate with Dutch tweern ("thread"), German Zwirn ("thread, twine"), Old English twīn ("twine"). More at twine. (Wiktionary)
Perhaps from a dialectal form of *twere, from Middle English *tweren, from Old English þweran ("to stir") (found in compound āþweran ("to agitate, stir")), from Proto-Germanic *þweranan (“to stir”), from Proto-Indo-European *twer- (“to turn, twirl, swirl, move”). Cognate with Bavarian zweren ("to stir"). Compare twirk, twirl. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • When sparkling stars twire not thou gild'st the even.

    National Poetry Day

  • When sparkling stars twire not thou gild’st the even.

    Sonnet 28

  • The verb 'to twire' occurs in Shakespeare's _Sonnets_, xxviii, 12, and frequently elsewhere.p. 320 _Hogan-Mogan_.

    The Works of Aphra Behn, Volume II

  • When sparkling stars twire not thou guil'st th 'eauen.

    Sonnets (1609 Edition)

  • When sparkling stars twire not thou gild’st the even.

    The Sonnets

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