Definition of glint in English:



  • 1 Give out or reflect small flashes of light.

    ‘her glasses glinted in the firelight’
    • ‘His silver armor blinded her for a moment as it glinted brightly in the sunlight.’
    • ‘The coiled copper bracelet on her forearm glinted in the fire light.’
    • ‘Her hair, glinting in the starlight, cascaded over her sleeveless white top.’
    • ‘His hair was free around his shoulders and glinted slightly blue.’
    • ‘Dew that had gathered on the leaves and fruits glinted brightly in the sunlight.’
    • ‘The morning sun glinted brightly off of the pristine surfaces making the entire stretch of road a bit blinding.’
    • ‘The ground was covered in white, sparkly snow that glinted in the streetlights.’
    • ‘He would whisper his questions and his glasses would glint in the torch light.’
    • ‘The cemetery lay on a gentle slope, the marble headstones glinting in the cold winter sunshine.’
    • ‘A tiny silver crescent moon hung from the chain, glinting in the torchlight streaming in from the open door.’
    • ‘He saw something glinting in the streetlight, and went over to investigate.’
    • ‘When next he spoke, his voice was tight with hostility, and his teeth were glinting in the darkness.’
    • ‘The gold curled and twisted in the wondrous shape of a serpent, its shimmering scales glinting in the candlelight.’
    • ‘He couldn't stop looking the man's shiny gold tooth that glinted ominously in the streetlight.’
    • ‘I watched her climb the steps, her hair swinging and glinting in the weak sunshine.’
    • ‘The weapons she sold glinted brightly in greeting as the sunlight struck them.’
    • ‘Moll tossed her heads irritably and her teeth glinted once again in the moonlight.’
    • ‘Lifting up his glass of water, and noting the way the pure crystal glass glinted in the harsh light, he took a small sip from it.’
    • ‘The snow he'd shaken off earlier had formed small dark puddles, which glinted in the firelight.’
    • ‘Miles saw the blade glinting in the sunlight.’
    shine, gleam, catch the light, glitter, sparkle, twinkle, blink, wink, glimmer, shimmer, glow, flicker, glisten, flash
    reflect light
    coruscate, scintillate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
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    1. 1.1(of a person's eyes) shine with a particular emotion.
      ‘his eyes glinted angrily’
      • ‘He stood regarding her for a few moments, then smiled, eyes glinting in mischief.’
      • ‘The tallest of the three had his jaws set hard, his green eyes glinting angrily.’
      • ‘His eyes were red and they glinted with mischief.’
      • ‘Julia's eyes glinted slightly in the light of the room.’
      • ‘He sounded surprised and awed, but his eyes were glinting with amusement.’
      • ‘Mitch scrutinized her for a while, his brown eyes glinting with curiosity.’
      • ‘The woman looked up at him sharply, eyes glinting like two chips of ice.’
      • ‘And at that point, his eyes glint for the first time during the interview.’
      • ‘As it was, his expression hardened, the catlike sharpness of his pupils glinting dangerously.’
      • ‘Her large, almond shaped honey eyes glinted with a jumble of emotions, especially worry.’
      • ‘He searched out his companions with a twinkle to his grey eyes glinting below bushy white eyebrows.’
      • ‘When she opened her eyes, Rick loomed over her, his eyes glinting angrily.’
      • ‘He smiled maliciously, his blue eyes glinting with something akin to lust.’
      • ‘He and Thomas were slowly advancing toward me, smiling, their eyes glinting menacingly.’
      • ‘His anger glinted dangerously and she thought that his eyes looked so strange.’
      • ‘I shook his hand, eyes glinting wildly, hoping like hell I wasn't scaring him yet.’
      • ‘His face was inches from hers, his icy grey eyes glinting with mockery.’
      • ‘His eyes glinted maliciously in the morning light.’
      • ‘His eyes glinted with unreadable emotion, his cheeks stained with dried tears.’
      • ‘Grey eyes became gold, glinting wickedly in the moonlight.’


  • 1A small flash of light, especially a reflected one.

    ‘the glint of gold in his teeth’
    • ‘In a moment, the ship set sail on its return voyage, fading into the glints of sunlight reflecting of the salty bay with a mission to return next summer.’
    • ‘Off in the distance the trees rustled and a glint of sunlight dashed off a metallic surface.’
    • ‘Grady saw movement in the woods behind them then the glint of metal.’
    • ‘Tiny glints of light appeared in the distance and began to move at great speed towards the enemy armada.’
    • ‘The summer sun caught her light brown hair and turned it into a place of shadows, tinted with glints of gold.’
    • ‘A blinding glint of sunlight reflected off of each car as it moved slowly past.’
    • ‘She saw glints of light bouncing of the sidewalk rocks and smiled.’
    • ‘One way of finding out for sure whether or not the feature is a lake will be to look for glints of reflected sunlight on the surface.’
    • ‘Her hair flowed loose down her back and the sunlight caught the strong glints of auburn in it.’
    • ‘Light glints off the mirrors, transforming the surface into a window and simultaneously a screen inspired by the intricate geometric ornamentation found in Persian mosques and palaces.’
    • ‘The lighting is blue, underfoot the floor is black and the scaffolding glints in the twilight.’
    • ‘I noticed a glint of silver on his finger and recognized the other ring.’
    • ‘Her eye caught a glint of silver in the back of the wardrobe.’
    • ‘He caught a glint of silver amongst the darkness.’
    • ‘I see the way her silky black hair sits just touching her shoulders, how when she moves the light glints off her plain silver necklace and diamond pendant.’
    • ‘Soft glints of moonlight reflected off broken glass pieces and onto their black coats, and I watched them for a minute, their muscles rippling under their skin.’
    • ‘The crucifix turns, sending glints of light in all directions.’
    • ‘Harvey smiled, showing off a glint of gold artistically embedded in an upper tooth.’
    • ‘Dramatic glints of light and billowing shadows set a menacing tone.’
    • ‘She turned to ask the person to move, but she caught the glint of metal catching light.’
    glitter, gleam, sparkle, twinkle, blink, wink, glimmer, flash
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    1. 1.1[in singular]An expression of an emotion in a person's eyes.
      ‘she saw the glint of excitement in his eyes’
      • ‘A devilish glint appeared in his slightly oriental eyes.’
      • ‘A sly glint came to his eye then, as if he was about to say something mischievous.’
      • ‘His right eye began twitching and an evil glint appeared in his eye.’
      • ‘She sighed for a while, and I saw a mischievous glint in her eyes.’
      • ‘An evil glint appeared in Will's eyes as she grinned at me.’
      • ‘He looked behind him and noticed my evil glint because he took off again and ended up smack against Bryan.’
      • ‘His eyes appeared to show concern but lurking underneath was a glint of amusement.’
      • ‘Landon noticed the amused glint in Sarah's eyes, but chose to ignore it.’
      • ‘He looked back at me and I saw a mischievous glint in his blue eyes.’
      • ‘I turned to her and saw a bright mischievous glint in her eye.’
      • ‘His face sobered, but his eyes had not lost that glint of humor.’
      • ‘He had a glint of amusement in his eyes.’
      • ‘The demon's eyes took on a slight, dangerous glint.’
      • ‘I've learned to watch his eyes for that slight glint of mischief that is forever lurking under the surface.’
      • ‘She sat up, a determined glint shining in her eyes.’
      • ‘A devilish glint sparkled suddenly in her eyes.’
      glimmer, flicker, spark, trace, hint, indication, suggestion, sign, scintilla, whisper
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Middle English (in the sense ‘move quickly or obliquely’): variant of dialect glent, probably of Scandinavian origin and related to Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to slip, slide, gleam.