verb \ˈglim(p)s\

: to look at or see (something or someone) for a very short time


Full Definition of GLIMPSE

intransitive verb
archaic :  glimmer
:  to look briefly
transitive verb
:  to get a brief look at
glimps·er noun

Examples of GLIMPSE

  1. We glimpsed him through the window as his car sped past.
  2. <just glimpsed at the photo then turned his attention elsewhere>

Origin of GLIMPSE

Middle English glimsen; akin to Middle High German glimsen to glimmer, Old English glǣm gleam
First Known Use: 14th century

Related to GLIMPSE



: a brief or quick view or look

Full Definition of GLIMPSE

archaic :  glimmer
:  a fleeting view or look

Examples of GLIMPSE

  1. We caught a glimpse of him through the window as his car sped past.
  2. <I only got a glimpse of him as we drove by.>

First Known Use of GLIMPSE

circa 1540


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