\ˈglint \
glinted; glinting; glints

Definition of glint 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a archaic : to glance off an object

b of rays of light : to be reflected at an angle from a surface

2 : to give off reflection in brilliant flashes also : gleam

3 : to look quickly or briefly : glance

4 : to appear briefly or faintly

transitive verb

: to cause to glint



Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tiny bright flash of light

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

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Synonyms & Antonyms for glint

Synonyms: Verb

browse, dip, glance, glimpse, peek, skim

Antonyms: Verb

gaze, stare

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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 glint in a Sentence


The sun glinted off the tops of the waves. The waves glinted in the sunlight.


He saw glints of sunlight on the river's surface.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

In her portrait, Mona Dunn gazes out with a calm, serious expression, her hands folded in her lap and her golden hair glinting bright against the darkness that surrounds her. Meghan Cox Gurdon, WSJ, "Children’s Books: Meeting the People in the Paintings," 5 July 2018 More than one woman wore a straw hat, white teeth glinting against tanned skin. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Chicha, the Delicious New Nicaraguan Restaurant That Caters to Millennial Cliché," 12 July 2018 Peters tells me, her mini elephant earrings glinting in the midday sun. Issie Lapowsky, WIRED, "Tusks, Horns, and Claws: The Fight to Dismantle the Facebook Animal Parts Bazaar," 5 June 2018 What hunger becomes illuminated, and what desire glints silver in this darkness? Claire Comstock-gay, The Cut, "Madame Clairevoyant: Horoscopes for the Week of May 14," 14 May 2018 An unwrapped box, coated in graffiti-resistant paint in a shade called Postal Blue, glinted in the afternoon light. Rachel Aviv, The New Yorker, "The “Cadillac of Mailboxes” Arrives in N.Y.C.," 30 Apr. 2018 On a day game the sun glints against it making it even harder to see the ball. Kirk Kenney,, "Fans appreciate safety aspect of Petco Park's extended netting, but it changes game experience," 30 Mar. 2018 When Nicole Mitchell did, her flute rose crisply above the ensemble’s sound, a mix of Chicago jazz’s windy clatter and the glinting lacework of the Malian musicians. Giovanni Russonello, New York Times, "Nicole Mitchell, an Innovative Flutist With an Afrofuturist Vision," 10 Jan. 2018 Dirt-floored basements held canned applesauce, mustard pickles, and stewed tomatoes glinting in rows on sagging wooden shelves. Richard Brown, Smithsonian, "This Photographer Spent 46 Years Documenting the Vanishing World of Vermont’s Remote Northeast Kingdom," 10 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Across the Thames, lights from the Palace of Westminster glint off the water. Ethan Gilsdorf,, "Skeleton Key brings upscale luxury to the escape room experience," 2 May 2018 But there was a small glint of sunshine for Eurocrats amid the gathering clouds. The Economist, "How the EU is trying to find out what on Earth Europeans want," 10 May 2018 And the gray-green curtains have a gold thread running through the fabric that throws off little glints as light hits them. Barbara King, House Beautiful, "Thomas Callaway on Refreshing a 1920s House," 25 Feb. 2015 Use a flashlight while tweezing to try to catch a glint of the glass. Gina Tomaine, Good Housekeeping, "This Is The Best Way To Get Broken Glass Or Splinters Out Of Your Foot," 11 July 2017 In the evenings, when the lab’s rooftop sees most of its use, the sun reflects off of an enormous abandoned building in front, the orange glint off glass studded with dull gaps where windows are broken like wet black eyes. Julia Cooke, Curbed, "How Mexico City’s urban innovation lab tackles the city’s challenges," 18 Apr. 2018 Now Oladipo looks like a bull, backing up and pawing at the dirt and spotting a glint of red and just storming toward the rim. Gregg Doyel, Indianapolis Star, "Doyel: How Pacers' Victor Oladipo found a new, unstoppable weapon," 16 Apr. 2018 Such efforts on some level approach country music as a well of authenticity artists can drink from to banish the plastic glint of pop. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "Telling the Pop-Star-Goes-Country Story Again," 6 Apr. 2018 But the sweet glaze of memory, like the blandishment of false philosophy, still offers glints of something darker beneath the surface. Jesse Green, New York Times, "Review: The Chaos Beneath the Chorale in ‘The Lucky Ones’," 31 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of glint


14th century, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for 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

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English Language Learners Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine in small bright flashes



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

: a small flash of light

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


\ˈglint \
glinted; glinting

Kids Definition of glint

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to shine with tiny bright flashes



Kids Definition of glint (Entry 2 of 2)

: a brief flash

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