Definition of glitter in English:

glitter

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • 1 Shine with a bright, shimmering reflected light:

    ‘the grass glittered with dew’
    • ‘The small piece of gold glittered brightly in the moonlight, setting off the red ruby it encircled.’
    • ‘The first thing she saw were stars, glittering like diamonds against the blackness.’
    • ‘She smiled back at the male, her own eyes glittering in the morning sunlight.’
    • ‘Her engagement ring glittered on her ring finger, a symbol of the promise she'd made.’
    • ‘I feel disturbed at the thought, and in the end, account it to the array of bright lights glittering in the darkness.’
    • ‘The camera dips into a flowing stream, glittering in the sunshine.’
    • ‘Stars glittered like diamonds thrown randomly into the sky, landing in a pattern of perfection.’
    • ‘Her shoulder-length jet-black hair glittered in the sunlight as did her blue-gray eyes.’
    • ‘The waves lapped gently at the beach, glittering gently in the mid-afternoon sun.’
    • ‘His gold Chain of Office glittered cruelly in the morning sunshine.’
    • ‘The polished hull glittered in the sunlight, and its enormous sails fluttered proudly.’
    • ‘A few stars glittered coldly in the rifts between the clouds.’
    • ‘Christopher lifted her hand, the ring glittering in the light.’
    • ‘Above their heads glittered a crystal chandelier the size of most people's kitchen tables, laced with gold.’
    • ‘A beautiful silver necklace decorated her throat, and a small silver tiara glittered in her hair.’
    • ‘Medals hung from above the breast pocket, glittering coldly in the lamplight.’
    • ‘She held up her hand and her ring glittered in the light.’
    • ‘The palace was constructed of a hard opaque crystal, as well as marble and stone, and it seemed to glitter in the light of the morning sun.’
    • ‘The sky outside the Sanctuary was a rich, deep blue; several pinpoints of stars glittered softly.’
    • ‘From there, Liz could see the gold wedding band glittering slightly in the candlelight.’
    shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, blink, wink, catch the light, flash, spangle
    glister
    scintillate, coruscate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
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    1. 1.1 (of eyes) shine with a particular emotion:
      ‘her eyes glittered with excitement’
      • ‘Her eyes glittered with a new emotion, one he could identify all to easily.’
      • ‘Croft thought her eyes glittered with excitement, but, in the darkness of the carriage, he could not be sure.’
      • ‘He turned to me, his eyes glittering with a new seduction.’
      • ‘‘Those boys don't even know what a punch is,’ she said, her eyes glittering with laughter.’
      • ‘Fortune suddenly leaned forward, his eyes glittering.’
      • ‘Amber turned to me, her eyes glittering seductively as they met mine.’
      • ‘Judith's eyes began to glitter with excitement.’
      • ‘Eyes of a dull red, almost brown color glittered with amusement as the girl grinned at him.’
      • ‘He gave a small smile, his dark eyes glittering with malice and his large, hooked nose crinkled in a smirk.’
      • ‘I'd spoke too soon; when she whirled round, her eyes were glittering with outrage.’
      • ‘His grey eyes were glittering with mischief and it worried me slightly.’
      • ‘She looked up, her dark eyes glittering more than usual.’
      • ‘His eyes glittered slightly with an emotion that seemed more lifeless than feeling.’
      • ‘He nodded and stepped back his eyes still glittering.’
      • ‘Angel looked at Dave for some reassurance, her eyes glittering with alarm.’
      • ‘She suddenly stopped, her eyes still glittering brightly with an emotion he could unmask all too well.’
      • ‘Johnny nodded, his eyes glittering with malice.’
      • ‘Her eyes were glittering mischievously and I knew well enough by now that that look meant she knew something we didn't.’
      • ‘Eventually she emerged, her eyes glittering with the excitement of her discovery.’
      • ‘He suddenly leant threateningly over the child, eyebrows furrowed, eyes glittering menacingly.’

noun

  • 1[in singular] A bright, shimmering reflected light:

    ‘the blue glitter of the sea’
    • ‘My first cat, Jimmy, loved to lie under the tree and gently bat one particular ornament back and forth between his paws to watch the glitter shimmer on its blue surface.’
    • ‘He flipped it into the air, watching the flash and glitter of the light on the blade.’
    • ‘When the group had hit ground, there was a faint glitter of light in the distance.’
    • ‘The alley was pitch black except for the reflected glitter of the water on the walls.’
    • ‘His eyes were catching moonlight coming in through the back doors, throwing a glitter just beside the pupils.’
    • ‘Suddenly a glitter of light from the far end of the cavern caught her gaze, Darren thought it was a way out but as he and Jenny got closer, it wasn't.’
    • ‘Artistically ripped jeans hung gracefully around his gently jutting hips, his bright t-shirts bringing out the glitter of his eyes.’
    • ‘A stretch of water caught the light with a metallic glitter.’
    • ‘The dagger spun away in a glitter of moonlight on metal to clatter on riverbed rock.’
    • ‘A head was peering out at him from around the end of one of the rows, long shiny hair, a glitter of eyes reflecting the light on the table.’
    • ‘The sun's rays kiss the body of the mountains as the frosts on the grass melts and the dew drops on the flower sparkle like a diamond to the glitter of light.’
    • ‘He looked at her with eyes as bright as the glitter of dust on armor, and she shifted, suddenly uncomfortable.’
    • ‘It is dark, apart from the glitter of icons and the lights in front of the iconostasis.’
    • ‘Suddenly a small glitter of light on the ground caught her eye.’
    • ‘He bit, and there was an outright flash of anger at that: ears flattening and a glitter of teeth in the firelight.’
    sparkle, twinkle, glint, gleam, shimmer, glimmer, flicker, blink, flash
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    1. 1.1 An expression of an emotion in a person's eyes:
      ‘the scathing glitter in his eyes’
      • ‘I saw both relief and grief glitter in his light blue eyes.’
      • ‘His hand caressed the hilt of his dagger, and a dangerous glitter, like chips of cruel ice, flickered in his usually mild eyes.’
      • ‘Confused, I blinked open an eye and found one of our lab buddies staring down at me with an amused glitter in his bright blue eyes.’
      • ‘Emily pouted, yet I could see the glitter in her eyes.’
      • ‘When she did, he saw the nameless glitter in her eyes.’
      • ‘I could see the glitter in his eyes and the smirk that was about to come on any minute.’
      • ‘A new glitter lit her eyes, though he didn't see it, as the band began to play a slow waltz.’
      • ‘There was a heartbroken look on his face and no glitter in his bright, blue eyes.’
  • 2[mass noun] Tiny pieces of sparkling material used for decoration:

    ‘sneakers trimmed with sequins and glitter’
    • ‘The final effect was rubbing a glue stick randomly on the snow and sprinkling it with silver glitter for that sparkly look that snow sometimes has.’
    • ‘It was purple and dusted with glitter and sparkles that seemed to pass for stars.’
    • ‘Just tiny little sparkles of glitter on it that makes it so pretty.’
    • ‘Her dress was red, and long, the top part of her dress resembled a halter and the straps had sparkling glitter on it.’
    • ‘Although the heel is low for comfort, the ivory shoes are decorated with glitter and pearls for beauty.’
    • ‘It had a tint of glitter, and it sparkled with every turn.’
    • ‘Shake it up and you get sparkly glitter on your skin.’
    • ‘It smells softly of rose and contains tiny pieces of fairy glitter designed to sparkle subtly - guaranteed to make you look like the cat's miaow.’
    • ‘Slowly the spices changed a few subtle colors, and then started to sparkle like flying glitter.’
    • ‘The body of it was silver and white, with sparkly glitter.’
    • ‘Every speck of glitter is a tiny mirror reflecting the observer.’
    • ‘Once upstairs, she found a wooden door marked with an A4 piece of cartridge paper, decorated with glitter and sequins and spelling out her first name in finger-painted letters.’
    • ‘Sticking so much glitter to any piece of bare flesh available, this manages to turn its wearer into a human snowball.’
    • ‘The gold, satin curtains, decorated with glitter, were tied back making them sparkle in the sunlight streaming through the crystal clear windows.’
    • ‘It was a midnight-blue gown, dusted with sparkly purple glitter.’
    • ‘The card was wrapped in a purple envelope that was sprayed with some kind of perfume and decorated heavily with glitter.’
    • ‘These creations, which feature a sparkling surface into which glitter is compressed and then sealed, represent a fusion of contemporary and kitsch.’
    • ‘There was a bachelor party earlier on the evening, which resulted in a fair number of guys having tiny lavender glitter sticking to their faces.’
    • ‘It sparkled like glitter, and then disappeared.’
    • ‘Perhaps you can even decorate them with glitter or other sparking elements.’
  • 3[mass noun] An attractive and exciting but superficial quality:

    ‘he avoids the glitter of show business’
    • ‘‘Glitz, glitter and glam add an element of fun to ageing and should be something to anticipate with excitement not something to dread,’ said Annie.’
    • ‘The physical world has abundant glitter, but emptiness lies beneath its superficial shine.’
    • ‘The glitter and the silver are more than superficial accoutrements; if there's substance to be found here, it's in the veneer.’
    • ‘I think the whole concept of highlighting the servicing character of a hospital stems from an over-preoccupation with superficial glitter.’
    • ‘I don't really like all the diamonds and glitter of showbusiness.’
    • ‘It brought harsh reality to the doorsteps of those listening to him, indeed it was a far cry from the ephemeral glitter and dazzle of the tinsel world in which they had been engrossed till then.’
    • ‘For that alone, it had attracted my attention, but he'd even added some glitter.’
    • ‘But within all of that smoke, glitter and corporate razzle dazzle, I feel like I'm loosing my edge and creativity.’
    • ‘With less than four weeks remaining until December 25, the pressure is on to put the glitz, glitter, and shine into our homes.’
    • ‘There's glitter and glamour and spectacle in monarchy.’
    • ‘Many of his ideas were repolished notions from the past, set out attractively for an audience attracted as much by their glitter as their substance.’
    • ‘Today's more tech-experienced teachers are also more able to see beyond a presentation's extra glitter to the quality of learning within.’
    • ‘The more complex question is why some sports performers have that factor X which adds glitter to quality and makes a mere player into a personality.’
    • ‘Most magic shows these days are elaborately planned and executed events that feature well-choreographed dances that add glitter and glamour to the programme.’
    • ‘With their gloss and glitter and the glamour surrounding them, they provide nothing but a pretty spectacle for the viewer.’
    • ‘But in my book, beauty without smiles and charm means very little in an industry overrun by glitz and glitter.’
    glamour, excitement, thrills, attractions, appeal
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Phrases

  • all that glitters is not gold

    • proverb The attractive external appearance of something is not a reliable indication of its true nature.

      • ‘He is still young and the opportunities might look lucrative, but he should be reminded that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘Celluloid dreams, heroes and heroines, get real with compassionate message, as who else know best that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘Yet, in many cases, all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘It may be fake because all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘Some of the actions of the party administration are beginning to show that all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘But in show business, all that glitters is not gold.’
      • ‘But all that glitters is not gold and even as the models flash the latest trends, scratch the surface and ‘the glamour, gloss and glaze’ is replaced by hard-core business and hard work.’

Origin

Late Middle English: from Old Norse glitra.

Pronunciation

glitter

/ˈɡlɪtə/