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’
    • ‘Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.’
    • ‘She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.’
    • ‘In his strong hands was a tiny medallion, which glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘The fish caught in the trap glimmered in the sun from their movements.’
    • ‘His police badge glimmered in the bright light of the sun streaming in through the doorway and windows.’
    • ‘His short blond hair glimmered in the light which shone into the walkways and halls.’
    • ‘He pointed beyond a cluster of trees and bushes, where something metallic glimmered in the early sunlight.’
    • ‘The city lights in the distance glimmered, but mostly all the houses on the street were dark.’
    • ‘He seemed to be struggling to speak, and his eyes seemed to glimmer slightly.’
    • ‘The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘His shoulder length blonde hair always glimmered faintly, even in complete darkness.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.’
    • ‘The white lights of the hall glimmered on the drops of rain that spotted his coat.’
    • ‘The cold steel glimmered brightly, being bathed in sun's rays.’
    • ‘His dark eyes, streaked with shining silver, glimmered in the blue sunlight.’
    • ‘Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.’
    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’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘A glimmer of light flickered in front of him like a faint dying star, but this star didn't wink out of existence.’
    • ‘I could see the faint glimmer of light up ahead that indicated the location of the others.’
    • ‘Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.’
    • ‘But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘A large cavern, lit only by the faintest glimmer of phosphorescence was exposed, a vast lake in the centre.’
    • ‘When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.’
    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 we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.’
    • ‘None of them had shown even the slightest glimmer of success, which was more than distressing.’
    • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
    • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.’
    • ‘The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.’
    • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
    • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
    • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Karolek felt a glimmer of amusement and set about making it grow.’
    • ‘A small glimmer of optimism in what was once an endlessly dark tunnel of utmost gloom.’
    • ‘There are some glimmers of hope here, but the overall sense remains one of appalling loss.’
    • ‘And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.’
    • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
    • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
    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/