Definition of glimmer in English:

glimmer

verb

[no object]
  • Shine faintly with a wavering light.

    ‘the moonlight glimmered on the lawn’
    ‘pools of glimmering light’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.’
    • ‘His dark eyes, streaked with shining silver, glimmered in the blue sunlight.’
    • ‘He seemed to be struggling to speak, and his eyes seemed to glimmer slightly.’
    • ‘His short blond hair glimmered in the light which shone into the walkways and halls.’
    • ‘In his strong hands was a tiny medallion, which glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘Her eyes glimmered in the light and she beckoned us in.’
    • ‘The city lights in the distance glimmered, but mostly all the houses on the street were dark.’
    • ‘The fish caught in the trap glimmered in the sun from their movements.’
    • ‘The white lights of the hall glimmered on the drops of rain that spotted his coat.’
    • ‘It was sundown, the skies were dark orange, the temple and its worshippers glimmered in pools of light and dark.’
    • ‘The sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.’
    • ‘Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.’
    • ‘Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.’
    • ‘His shoulder length blonde hair always glimmered faintly, even in complete darkness.’
    • ‘The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘He pointed beyond a cluster of trees and bushes, where something metallic glimmered in the early sunlight.’
    • ‘His police badge glimmered in the bright light of the sun streaming in through the doorway and windows.’
    • ‘The cold steel glimmered brightly, being bathed in sun's rays.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.’
    • ‘She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.’
    gleam, shine, glint, flicker, shimmer, glisten, glow, twinkle, sparkle, glitter, catch the light, blink, wink, flash
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noun

  • 1A faint or wavering light.

    ‘he saw a faint glimmer of light from her window’
    • ‘I could see the faint glimmer of light up ahead that indicated the location of the others.’
    • ‘Clear glass openings and translucent glass partitions suggest a contrasting fragility and magnify the slightest glimmer of light.’
    • ‘A large cavern, lit only by the faintest glimmer of phosphorescence was exposed, a vast lake in the centre.’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘The trinkets they were wearing around their necks and wrists gave off a glimmer in the dim light - the sky had turned into a mass of sullen grey threatening a persistent downpour.’
    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    • ‘I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.’
    • ‘When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.’
    • ‘A glimmer of light flickered in front of him like a faint dying star, but this star didn't wink out of existence.’
    • ‘The desolate plains seemed to end and, I could've sworn I had imagined it, but there seemed to be a faint glimmer of light on the horizon.’
    • ‘For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘Will watched the diamonds on the tiara glimmer in the flickering light.’
    • ‘Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.’
    gleam, glint, flicker, shimmer, glow, twinkle, sparkle, blink, flash, ray
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  • 2A faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one.

    ‘there is one glimmer of hope for Becky’
    • ‘Karolek felt a glimmer of amusement and set about making it grow.’
    • ‘And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.’
    • ‘There are some glimmers of hope here, but the overall sense remains one of appalling loss.’
    • ‘The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.’
    • ‘I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.’
    • ‘None of them had shown even the slightest glimmer of success, which was more than distressing.’
    • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.’
    • ‘And we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.’
    • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
    • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the only glimmer of meaning in his life has disappeared.’
    • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
    • ‘A small glimmer of optimism in what was once an endlessly dark tunnel of utmost gloom.’
    • ‘The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.’
    • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
    • ‘Yesterday, there was a small glimmer of hope when there was a sign that his liver function may have started to come back but it is still well below the levels needed to pull him through.’
    • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
    • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
    • ‘There are glimmers, small indicators and little signs that our country might be starting to find its feet again and our policies making an impact.’
    gleam, glimmering, flicker, ray, trace, faint sign, scintilla, suggestion, hint
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Origin

Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish glimra and Danish glimre.

Pronunciation

glimmer

/ˈɡlɪmə/