Definition of glisten in English:

glisten

verb

[NO OBJECT]
  • (of something wet or greasy) shine; glitter.

    ‘his cheeks glistened with tears’
    ‘the glistening swimming pool’
    • ‘The gear the soldiers wore glistened beautifully in the morning sun.’
    • ‘They both looked across the ocean with the moonlight glistening off of the water.’
    • ‘His lightly muscled tanned bare skin glistened in the sun and he felt very much like an article on display.’
    • ‘The moon shone on the water as it glistened beautifully.’
    • ‘His immaculately combed coat glistened in the late afternoon sun and felt soft and silky under my fingers.’
    • ‘Ripened fruit shone in the morning light, faintly glistening with dew drops.’
    • ‘When his carriage had grown tiny at the gate, her eyes were still glistening with unshed tears of anger.’
    • ‘On a frosty morning, the sight of thousands of frozen droplets glistened like diamonds in the morning light.’
    • ‘Her eyes green eyes and black hair glistened in the moonlight.’
    • ‘The pale blue cobblestones glistened as the sun's rays sparkled on the light sheen of water.’
    • ‘His tan skin was glistening with sweat and his jet-black hair was greasy.’
    • ‘She looked at her sister, and her eyes began to glisten with moisture.’
    • ‘His skin was glistening with sweat and he had his sleeves and pants rolled up.’
    • ‘He pulled away after a few moments and smiled at me tears still glistening in his eyes.’
    • ‘A new layer of snow was added to the tundra last night and it glistened brightly.’
    • ‘His beautiful dark eyes were glistening and a tear escaped running down his tanned cheek.’
    • ‘The street glistened with the sheen of light rainfall.’
    • ‘Her golden curls glistened in the candlelight and her skin had an almost luminescent glow.’
    • ‘My friend had gone white, his eyes glazing over, sweat glistening on his forehead.’
    • ‘The droplets of dew hung from the yellow furze and they glistened like a thousand diamonds.’
    shine, sparkle, twinkle, glint, glitter, catch the light, glimmer, shimmer, glow, flicker, blink, wink, flash
    glister
    coruscate, scintillate, fulgurate, effulge, luminesce, incandesce, phosphoresce
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noun

  • [in singular] A sparkling light reflected from something wet.

    ‘there was a glisten of perspiration across her top lip’
    • ‘It was an uplifting ceremony which saw a glisten in many an eye!’
    • ‘He licked the glisten from her fur and nuzzled among the sensitive whiskers around her snout.’
    • ‘My mom sat back, quietly eating her dinner, but the glisten in her eyes was evident.’
    • ‘The fierce glisten of the candle caught the kitten's tawny eyes as she looked up.’
    • ‘I saw a glisten on his right hand, it was pretty, yet familiar, gold ring.’
    • ‘Her eyes are Aquamarine, with a glisten in them, always.’
    • ‘She was screaming, hysterical, although her pale eyes were narrowed and without so much a glisten.’
    • ‘She quickly ran to her dresser, pulling the first drawer her open, her eyes searching for the glisten of gold.’
    • ‘I thought I saw a tear glisten on his face before he returned the picture.’
    • ‘She stared up at him, with a glisten of hatred in her eyes.’
    • ‘There was some guy, a curator, standing by me going, ‘the delicate brush strokes Vermeer used, look at the glisten on her lips, what do you see in her eyes?’’
    • ‘The competitive glisten in his eyes was unmistakable, and I quickly took him up on his offer.’
    • ‘After a storm, you look out the window to see the glisten of fresh snow blanketing the ground and thin icicles dangling from the trees.’
    • ‘Rick noticed the glisten of unshed tears in his stepmother's eyes.’
    • ‘The look soon disappeared, and I couldn't miss the competitive glisten in his eyes when he retrieved the ornament from the floor and tossed it back at me.’

Origin

Old English glisnian, of Germanic origin; related to Middle Low German glisen. The noun dates from the mid 19th century.

Pronunciation

glisten

/ˈɡlis(ə)n/