Thesaurus

glimmer

noun

Synonyms & Antonyms of glimmer

(Entry 1 of 2)

2 an almost imperceptible sign of something
  • most of the students showed not even a glimmer of interest in what I had to say

Synonyms for glimmer

Words Related to glimmer

Near Antonyms for glimmer

glimmer

verb

Synonyms of glimmer (Entry 2 of 2)

to shoot forth bursts of light
  • the waters of the rippling brook glimmered in the sun

Synonyms for glimmer

Words Related to glimmer

See the Dictionary Definition 

Frequently Asked Questions About glimmer

How does the verb glimmer contrast with its synonyms?

Some common synonyms of glimmer are flash, gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, shimmer, and sparkle. While all these words mean "to send forth light," glimmer suggests a faint or wavering gleam.

a distant glimmering light

Where would flash be a reasonable alternative to glimmer?

In some situations, the words flash and glimmer are roughly equivalent. However, flash implies a sudden outburst of bright light.

lightning flashed

When could gleam be used to replace glimmer?

The words gleam and glimmer can be used in similar contexts, but gleam suggests a steady light seen through an obscuring medium or against a dark background.

lights gleamed in the valley

When is it sensible to use glint instead of glimmer?

The synonyms glint and glimmer are sometimes interchangeable, but glint implies a cold glancing light.

glinting steel

In what contexts can glisten take the place of glimmer?

The meanings of glisten and glimmer largely overlap; however, glisten applies to the soft sparkle from a wet or oily surface.

glistening wet sidewalk

When is glitter a more appropriate choice than glimmer?

While the synonyms glitter and glimmer are close in meaning, glitter connotes a brilliant sparkling or gleaming.

glittering diamonds

When would shimmer be a good substitute for glimmer?

Although the words shimmer and glimmer have much in common, shimmer means shining with a wavering light.

a shimmering satin dress

When can sparkle be used instead of glimmer?

The words sparkle and glimmer are synonyms, but do differ in nuance. Specifically, sparkle suggests innumerable moving points of bright light.

the sparkling waters

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about glimmer

Time Traveler for glimmer

Time Traveler

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

See more words from the same century

Cite this Entry

“Glimmer.” Merriam-Webster.com Thesaurus, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/thesaurus/glimmer. Accessed 8 Aug. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More from Merriam-Webster on glimmer

Dictionary: Definition of glimmer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with glimmer

Spanish Central: Translation of glimmer

Nglish: Translation of glimmer for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of glimmer for Arabic Speakers

Comments on glimmer

What made you want to look up glimmer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Original Meanings Quiz

  • rembrandt painting a young scholar and his tutor
  • Which of the following is the earliest known sense of the word awe?
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!