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

  • 1A faint or wavering light.

    ‘he saw a faint glimmer of light from her window’
    • ‘Clear glass openings and translucent glass partitions suggest a contrasting fragility and magnify the slightest glimmer of light.’
    • ‘When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.’
    • ‘I could see the faint glimmer of light up ahead that indicated the location of the others.’
    • ‘But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.’
    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘A large cavern, lit only by the faintest glimmer of phosphorescence was exposed, a vast lake in the centre.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘Will watched the diamonds on the tiara glimmer in the flickering light.’
    • ‘For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘A glimmer of light flickered in front of him like a faint dying star, but this star didn't wink out of existence.’
    • ‘I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.’
    • ‘Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.’
    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’
    • ‘And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the only glimmer of meaning in his life has disappeared.’
    • ‘The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.’
    • ‘The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.’
    • ‘A small glimmer of optimism in what was once an endlessly dark tunnel of utmost gloom.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
    • ‘Karolek felt a glimmer of amusement and set about making it grow.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘And we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.’
    • ‘The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.’
    • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
    • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
    • ‘None of them had shown even the slightest glimmer of success, which was more than distressing.’
    • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
    • ‘There are some glimmers of hope here, but the overall sense remains one of appalling loss.’
    • ‘I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.’
    • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
    • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
    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/