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glimmer

verb glim·mer \ ˈgli-mər \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of glimmer

glimmered; glimmering play \ˈglim-riŋ, ˈgli-mə-\
intransitive verb
1 a : 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

Examples of glimmer in a Sentence

  1. Candles glimmered in the windows of the inn.

  2. Moonlight glimmered on the pond.

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Origin and Etymology of glimmer

Middle English glimeren; akin to Old English glǣm gleam

Synonym Discussion of glimmer

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

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glimmer

noun

Definition of glimmer

1 a : a feeble or intermittent light
  • the first glimmer of dawn
b : a subdued unsteady shining or sparkle
2 a : 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

Examples of glimmer in a Sentence

  1. the glimmer of a distant star

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

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Origin and Etymology of glimmer



GLIMMER Defined for English Language Learners

glimmer

verb

Definition of glimmer for English Language Learners

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


glimmer

noun

Definition of glimmer for English Language Learners

  • : a weak, unsteady light

  • : a faint idea or suggestion of something

  • : a small amount or sign of something


GLIMMER Defined for Kids

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glimmer

verb glim·mer \ ˈgli-mər \

Definition of glimmer for Students

glimmered; glimmering
: to shine faintly and unsteadily

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glimmer

noun

Definition of glimmer for Students

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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