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[glint] /glɪnt/
a tiny, quick flash of light.
gleaming brightness; luster.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
verb (used without object)
to shine with a glint.
to move suddenly; dart.
verb (used with object)
to cause to glint; reflect.
Origin of glint
late Middle English
Swedish dialect
1400-50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten
1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash. Unabridged
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  • "I'll have to think that over," she said, with a glint of mischief in her eyes.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • With the first glint of dawn I heard steps outside the hut; but I did not stir.

    The Strolling Saint Raphael Sabatini
  • "It is a habit of mine," said he, with a glint of humour in his eye.

    St. Martin's Summer Rafael Sabatini
  • Alston Choate did not allow a glint to lighten the grave kindliness of his glance.

    The Prisoner Alice Brown
  • The wolf had seen the glint of her pistol barrel and had fled.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet
  • Dufrenne looked grave, and a glint of anger came into his eyes.

    The Ivory Snuff Box Arnold Fredericks
  • He looked through his field-glasses, and caught the glint of an officer's sword.

    Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling
  • And De Blacquaire took it with a glint of moisture in his eyes.

  • Spanish oaths sounded on the evening air, and the glint of steel was seen.

    Frank Merriwell Down South Burt L. Standish
British Dictionary definitions for glint


to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
a bright gleam or flash
brightness or gloss
a brief indication
Word Origin
C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to gleam
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for glint

1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian gletta "to look," dialectal Swedish glinta "to shine"), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.


1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).

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