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verb \ˈglint\

Simple Definition of glint

  • : to shine in small bright flashes

Full Definition of glint

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a archaic :  to glance off an object b of rays of light :  to be reflected at an angle from a surface

  3. 2 :  to give off reflection in brilliant flashes; also :  gleam

  4. 3 :  to look quickly or briefly :  glance

  5. 4 :  to appear briefly or faintly

  6. transitive verb
  7. :  to cause to glint

Examples of glint

  1. The sun glinted off the tops of the waves.

  2. The waves glinted in the sunlight.

Origin of glint

Middle English, to dart obliquely, glint, alteration of glenten, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Swedish dialect glänta to clear up; akin to Old High German glanz bright, Old English geolu yellow — more at yellow

First Known Use: 14th century

Synonym Discussion of glint

flash, gleam, glint, sparkle, glitter, glisten, glimmer, shimmer mean to send forth light. flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light <lightning flashed>. gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background <lights gleamed in the valley>. glint implies a cold glancing light <glinting steel>. sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light <the sparkling waters>. glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming <glittering diamonds>. glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface <glistening wet sidewalk>. glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam <a distant glimmering light>. shimmer means shining with a wavering light <a shimmering satin dress>.

Rhymes with glint




Simple Definition of glint

  • : a small flash of light

  • : a small amount of emotion seen in a person's eyes

Full Definition of glint

  1. 1 :  a tiny bright flash of light

  2. 2 :  a brief or faint manifestation :  glimmer <a glint of recognition>; also :  a trace of emotion expressed through the eyes <a steely glint in his eye>

Examples of glint

  1. He saw glints of sunlight on the river's surface.

14th Century

First Known Use of glint

14th century

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February 6, 2016

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