intransitive verb \ˈgli-mər\

: to shine in a weak, faint, or unsteady way

glim·meredglim·mer·ing \ˈglim-riŋ, ˈgli-mə-\

Full Definition of GLIMMER

a :  to shine faintly or unsteadily
b :  to give off a subdued unsteady reflection
:  to appear indistinctly with a faintly luminous quality

Examples of GLIMMER

  1. Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn.
  2. Moonlight glimmered on the pond.

Origin of GLIMMER

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam
First Known Use: 15th century



: a weak, unsteady light

: a faint idea or suggestion of something

: a small amount or sign of something

Full Definition of GLIMMER

a :  a feeble or intermittent light
b :  a subdued unsteady shining or sparkle
a :  a dim perception or faint idea :  inkling
b :  hint, spark <a glimmer of intelligence>

Examples of GLIMMER

  1. the glimmer of a distant star
  2. Their first meeting with the new boss gave them a glimmer of what they could expect.

First Known Use of GLIMMER


Rhymes with GLIMMER


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