\ ˈglent, ˈglint \

Definition of glent

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 dialectal, British
a : to move quickly especially in an oblique direction
b : to strike something obliquely and glance aside
2 dialectal, British : to look askance : look sideways at something
3 dialectal, British : gleam, flash, shine


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plural -s

Definition of glent (Entry 2 of 2)

1 dialectal, British
a : a quick look
b : a quick movement
2 dialectal, British : gleam, flash

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History and Etymology for glent

Intransitive verb

Middle English glenten to move quickly especially in an oblique direction, strike something obliquely and glance aside, look sideways at something, gleam, of Scandinavian origin; akin to Old Norse glettask to utter taunts, Norwegian dialect gletta to look, Swedish dialect glänta to clear up; akin to Old High German glanz bright, Russian glyadet' to look, Old English geolu yellow


Middle English, from glenten

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“Glent.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glent. Accessed 21 Jan. 2021.

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