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 sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.’
    • ‘She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.’
    • ‘It was sundown, the skies were dark orange, the temple and its worshippers glimmered in pools of light and dark.’
    • ‘Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.’
    • ‘His short blond hair glimmered in the light which shone into the walkways and halls.’
    • ‘He seemed to be struggling to speak, and his eyes seemed to glimmer slightly.’
    • ‘Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.’
    • ‘The cold steel glimmered brightly, being bathed in sun's rays.’
    • ‘He pointed beyond a cluster of trees and bushes, where something metallic glimmered in the early sunlight.’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.’
    • ‘In his strong hands was a tiny medallion, which glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘Her eyes glimmered in the light and she beckoned us in.’
    • ‘His dark eyes, streaked with shining silver, glimmered in the blue sunlight.’
    • ‘The white lights of the hall glimmered on the drops of rain that spotted his coat.’
    • ‘The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.’
    • ‘The city lights in the distance glimmered, but mostly all the houses on the street were dark.’
    • ‘His shoulder length blonde hair always glimmered faintly, even in complete darkness.’
    • ‘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.’
    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’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.’
    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘I could see the faint glimmer of light up ahead that indicated the location of the others.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.’
    • ‘Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.’
    • ‘Will watched the diamonds on the tiara glimmer in the flickering light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.’
    • ‘I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.’
    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’
    • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
    • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
    • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
    • ‘The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
    • ‘And we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Suddenly, the only glimmer of meaning in his life has disappeared.’
    • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
    • ‘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 spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.’
    • ‘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/