One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
shining, light, brilliant, vivid, blazing, dazzling, beaming, intense, glaringView synonyms
- ‘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.’
- ‘Her lips were layered with glistering, crimson lipstick, her eyes covered with sparkling pink eye shadow.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘When he was finished, he pointed to a massive city with gigantic skyscrapers rising from its depths glistering with the rising sun behind it.’
shine, lustre, gloss, sheenView synonyms
- ‘Within the canvas, there is a makeshift altar, the flickering of candles illuminating the glister of an icon.’
- ‘Sandy, on the other hand, was furiously tapping on Dianna's shoulder, a glister of fear visible in her baby blue eyes.’
- ‘It covered her face and blocked the glister of her eyes.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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.
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