glimmer

verb
glim·​mer | \ ˈgli-mər How to pronounce glimmer (audio) \
glimmered; glimmering\ ˈglim-​riŋ How to pronounce glimmer (audio) , ˈgli-​mə-​ \

Definition of glimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to shine faintly or unsteadily The candles glimmered in the windows.
b : to give off a subdued unsteady reflection Her white satin dress glimmered in the dusk.
2 : to appear indistinctly with a faintly luminous quality

glimmer

noun

Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : a feeble or intermittent light the first glimmer of dawn
b : a subdued unsteady shining or sparkle
2a : a dim perception or faint idea : inkling gave them a glimmer of what they could expect
b : hint, spark a glimmer of intelligence a glimmer of hope

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Verb

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

Examples of glimmer in a Sentence

Verb Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn. Moonlight glimmered on the pond. Noun the glimmer of a distant star Their first meeting with the new boss gave them a glimmer of what they could expect.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The result is a pale-hued but light and bright space filled with sumptuous fabrics and objects that softly glimmer and shine. R. Stephanie Bruno, NOLA.com, "It took a lot of searching, but Old Metairie home offers couple 'everything we wanted'," 17 Dec. 2020 But in 2019, Huntsville music future started finally started to glimmer. Ben Flanagan | Bflanagan@al.com, al, "Here are Alabama’s Entertainers of the Year," 31 Dec. 2019 For as long as Dolly has her rhinestones glimmering and her signature bold lip and colorful eyeshadow applied, the world will go on. Perri Ormont Blumberg, Southern Living, "Yes, Dolly Parton Is Still Doing Her Glam Routine in Quarantine," 24 Apr. 2020 Wheeler also finds a spark of hope glimmering within the pandemic. CBS News, "What kind of leadership does our nation need?," 12 Apr. 2020 Its scales glimmered cerulean and sea-foam green and lilac. David Canfield, EW.com, "First look: Disney's epic new fairy-tale series begins with Julie C. Dao's magical Broken Wish," 13 Apr. 2020 Exhibition games offer exercises in conjecture — treasure maps that often lead surveyors to fool’s gold, but that every once in a while point to something that turns out to be real. Real or not, Duran is glimmering on the field in the early spring. Alex Speier, BostonGlobe.com, "It’s authority, not speed for a change, that has Jarren Duran turning heads," 28 Feb. 2020 This sheet of glimmering strands can be hung in your window or behind your bed. Popular Science, "Lights that are sure to make your home feel cozy," 30 Mar. 2020 Wixson and Campbell both wore major electric blue eyes, and Ruby glimmered in glitter. Emma Elwick-bates, Vogue, "Kaia, Bella, Kendall, and All the It Brits Turned Up to Love Magazine’s London Fashion Week Fête," 18 Feb. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For California Republicans, the victories were a rare glimmer of good news for a party that has been in decline in this state. Adam Nagourney, New York Times, "A Stinging Setback in California Is a Warning for Democrats in 2022," 26 Dec. 2020 Her gender-breaking accomplishment was a glimmer of inspiration amid the darkness of a pandemic. John Marshall, ajc, "Amid anguish of pandemic, sports offered memorable moments," 25 Dec. 2020 Some transportation industry advocates see a glimmer of good news, or at least a less dire outlook from the spring, when much of the economy came to a halt amid stay-at-home orders. Washington Post, "Pandemic-related budget cuts leave travelers with rough roads, outdated airports and fewer transit options," 3 Oct. 2020 There was a glimmer of hope on the hospital campus this week, as a long line of health care workers waited to get their first dose of the coronavirus vaccine. Sara Sidner, CNN, "Chief nursing officer at California hospital: 'It's a disaster right now for our staff'," 22 Dec. 2020 As disturbing as the five-game losing streak has been, and as bleak as the near future appears at Halas Hall, there’s a glimmer of hope when evaluating the stretch run. Brad Biggs, chicagotribune.com, "Column: The Detroit Lions’ coaching shake-up presents an element of surprise, but the Chicago Bears’ Mitch Trubisky has been at his best in this rivalry," 5 Dec. 2020 There was a glimmer of good news for hospitals, which are bracing for another sharp increase in illness following the Thanksgiving holiday. From Usa Today Network And Wire Reports, USA TODAY, "Conspiracy theories, overtime abuse, digital divide: News from around our 50 states," 4 Dec. 2020 In repose her expression tends to be deadpan, except for her eyes, which are deep blue and have a mischievous glimmer. Abby Aguirre, Vogue, "The World According to Frances McDormand," 10 Dec. 2020 But the incoming administration offers us a glimmer of hope. Ploy Achakulwisut, Scientific American, "The U.S. Risks Locking In a Climate Health Crisis in Response to COVID," 8 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of glimmer

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Noun

1590, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for glimmer

Verb and Noun

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam

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Time Traveler for glimmer

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The first known use of glimmer was in the 15th century

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Last Updated

26 Dec 2020

Cite this Entry

“Glimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/glimmer. Accessed 16 Jan. 2021.

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More Definitions for glimmer

glimmer

verb
How to pronounce glimmer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of glimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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

glimmer

noun

English Language Learners Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

: a weak, unsteady light
: a faint idea or suggestion of something
: a small amount or sign of something

glimmer

verb
glim·​mer | \ ˈgli-mər How to pronounce glimmer (audio) \
glimmered; glimmering

Kids Definition of glimmer

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine faintly and unsteadily

glimmer

noun

Kids Definition of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a faint unsteady light
2 : a faint suggestion a glimmer of trouble
3 : a small amount a glimmer of hope

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