- a tiny, quick flash of light.
- gleaming brightness; luster.
- a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
- to shine with a glint.
- to move suddenly; dart.
- to cause to glint; reflect.
Origin of glint
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Examples from the Web for glint
Billy Bob Thornton, explaining the biggest appeal of the project for him, calls it, with a glint in his eye, “a 10-hour movie.”Is TV’s ‘Fargo’ as Bloody Good as the Coen Brothers Movie? You Betcha.
April 10, 2014
"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
"It is a habit of mine," said he, with a glint of humour in his eye.St. Martin's Summer
Alston Choate did not allow a glint to lighten the grave kindliness of his glance.The Prisoner
The wolf had seen the glint of her pistol barrel and had fled.Out of the Depths
Robert Ames Bennet
- to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
- a bright gleam or flash
- brightness or gloss
- a brief indication
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.).