Definition of glimmer in English:



  • Shine faintly with a wavering light.

    ‘the moonlight glimmered on the lawn’
    ‘pools of glimmering light’
    • ‘She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was sundown, the skies were dark orange, the temple and its worshippers glimmered in pools of light and dark.’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.’
    • ‘Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.’
    • ‘The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘The cold steel glimmered brightly, being bathed in sun's rays.’
    • ‘His shoulder length blonde hair always glimmered faintly, even in complete darkness.’
    • ‘Her eyes glimmered in the light and she beckoned us in.’
    • ‘The fish caught in the trap glimmered in the sun from their movements.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.’
    • ‘Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.’
    • ‘His dark eyes, streaked with shining silver, glimmered in the blue sunlight.’
    • ‘His police badge glimmered in the bright light of the sun streaming in through the doorway and windows.’
    • ‘He pointed beyond a cluster of trees and bushes, where something metallic glimmered in the early sunlight.’
    • ‘The white lights of the hall glimmered on the drops of rain that spotted his coat.’
    • ‘The sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.’
    • ‘In his strong hands was a tiny medallion, which glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘His short blond hair glimmered in the light which shone into the walkways and halls.’
    gleam, shine, glint, flicker, shimmer, glisten, glow, twinkle, sparkle, glitter, catch the light, blink, wink, flash
    scintillate, coruscate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
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  • 1A faint or wavering light.

    • ‘A glimmer of light flickered in front of him like a faint dying star, but this star didn't wink out of existence.’
    • ‘For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clear glass openings and translucent glass partitions suggest a contrasting fragility and magnify the slightest glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.’
    • ‘When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.’
    • ‘Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘A large cavern, lit only by the faintest glimmer of phosphorescence was exposed, a vast lake in the centre.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘Will watched the diamonds on the tiara glimmer in the flickering light.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘I could see the faint glimmer of light up ahead that indicated the location of the others.’
    gleam, glint, flicker, shimmer, glow, twinkle, sparkle, blink, flash, ray
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    1. 1.1A faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one.
      ‘there is one glimmer of hope for Becky’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
      • ‘There are some glimmers of hope here, but the overall sense remains one of appalling loss.’
      • ‘None of them had shown even the slightest glimmer of success, which was more than distressing.’
      • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
      • ‘The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.’
      • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
      • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
      • ‘The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.’
      • ‘A small glimmer of optimism in what was once an endlessly dark tunnel of utmost gloom.’
      • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the only glimmer of meaning in his life has disappeared.’
      • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
      • ‘The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.’
      • ‘Karolek felt a glimmer of amusement and set about making it grow.’
      • ‘I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.’
      • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.’
      • ‘And we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.’
      gleam, glimmering, flicker, ray, trace, faint sign, scintilla, suggestion, hint
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Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish glimra and Danish glimre.