Definition of glister in English:



[NO OBJECT]literary
  • Sparkle; glitter.

    ‘the wedding ring caught the light, glistering brightly’
    • ‘His bright whites were glistering in the dull train lights as he smiled at her.’
    • ‘When I look to your sumptuous brown eyes that are glistering from pleasure and shine from intelligence.’
    • ‘Once this had been a forested and watered land with cool, blue, springs glistering in the caves, trickling out of the fissures, cutting ravines with their silver, gushing, flow.’
    • ‘Her lips were layered with glistering, crimson lipstick, her eyes covered with sparkling pink eye shadow.’
    • ‘When he was finished, he pointed to a massive city with gigantic skyscrapers rising from its depths glistering with the rising sun behind it.’
    shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaring
    View synonyms


  • A sparkle.

    • ‘Within the canvas, there is a makeshift altar, the flickering of candles illuminating the glister of an icon.’
    • ‘What is demonstrated here is the dull mind of a brilliant intelligence, whose glean and glister is continually stifled, smothered by a perpetually renewed wrap-around of self-reference.’
    • ‘It covered her face and blocked the glister of her eyes.’
    • ‘Sandy, on the other hand, was furiously tapping on Dianna's shoulder, a glister of fear visible in her baby blue eyes.’
    • ‘The second factor is that as housing loses its glister, investors will be encouraged to switch their savings back into the stock market.’


Late Middle English: probably from Middle Low German glistern or Middle Dutch glisteren.