Definition of glimmer in US English:

glimmer

verb

[no object]
  • Shine faintly with a wavering light.

    ‘the moonlight glimmered on the lawn’
    • ‘He pointed beyond a cluster of trees and bushes, where something metallic glimmered in the early sunlight.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was sundown, the skies were dark orange, the temple and its worshippers glimmered in pools of light and dark.’
    • ‘His dark eyes, streaked with shining silver, glimmered in the blue sunlight.’
    • ‘His shoulder length blonde hair always glimmered faintly, even in complete darkness.’
    • ‘The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.’
    • ‘He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.’
    • ‘She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.’
    • ‘The sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.’
    • ‘Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.’
    • ‘She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.’
    • ‘The fish caught in the trap glimmered in the sun from their movements.’
    • ‘Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.’
    • ‘The cold steel glimmered brightly, being bathed in sun's rays.’
    • ‘He seemed to be struggling to speak, and his eyes seemed to glimmer slightly.’
    • ‘His police badge glimmered in the bright light of the sun streaming in through the doorway and windows.’
    • ‘The city lights in the distance glimmered, but mostly all the houses on the street were dark.’
    • ‘Her eyes glimmered in the light and she beckoned us in.’
    • ‘The white lights of the hall glimmered on the drops of rain that spotted his coat.’
    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.

    • ‘There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘It had dawned overcast and gloomy, with just a glimmer of light to the south.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Clear glass openings and translucent glass partitions suggest a contrasting fragility and magnify the slightest glimmer of light.’
    • ‘Out of the corner of his eye he saw a faint glimmer of light - or at least thought he did.’
    • ‘Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.’
    • ‘His words appeared to be sincere though I noticed a slight glimmer of amusement when he talked.’
    • ‘For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Just then, I think I saw a small, evil glimmer in his eyes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Will watched the diamonds on the tiara glimmer in the flickering light.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.’
    • ‘Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.’
    gleam, glint, flicker, shimmer, glow, twinkle, sparkle, blink, flash, ray
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    1. 1.1 A faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one.
      ‘there is one glimmer of hope for Becky’
      • ‘The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.’
      • ‘But there was also a first glimmer of optimism.’
      • ‘The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.’
      • ‘There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.’
      • ‘A small glimmer of optimism in what was once an endlessly dark tunnel of utmost gloom.’
      • ‘Karolek felt a glimmer of amusement and set about making it grow.’
      • ‘More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.’
      • ‘The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.’
      • ‘I saw a faint glimmer of hope; a chance to derail the topic.’
      • ‘At the heart of our greatest superstitions has always been a glimmer of truth.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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 some glimmers of hope here, but the overall sense remains one of appalling loss.’
      • ‘Suddenly, the only glimmer of meaning in his life has disappeared.’
      • ‘But some glimmer of understanding may sink in.’
      • ‘And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.’
      • ‘There are glimmers of hope for the manufacturing sector.’
      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

/ˈɡlimər//ˈɡlɪmər/