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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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  • Ann, interpretative, dressed her in snow-white tulle with here and there a glint of silver.

    Kenny Leona Dalrymple
  • She came straight toward me with a glint of anger in her dark eyes.

    Margaret Tudor Annie T. Colcock
  • He made out men in dress clothes sitting here and there and the glint of nymph-like forms passing from place to place, springily.

    The Sins of the Children Cosmo Hamilton
  • He's no that ill-looking; but, eh, there's a glint in his eye I wouldna trust.

    The Northern Iron George A. Birmingham
  • But for the glint of the eye, he would have failed to discover it at all.

    Harley Greenoak's Charge Bertram Mitford
  • The sun had caught the polished steel and caused it to glint brightly.

  • Carney was thinking fast, and a glint of light shot athwart his placid gray eyes.

    Bulldog Carney W. A. Fraser
  • He looked at her appraisingly, a glint of sympathy in his eyes.

    The Trail to Yesterday Charles Alden Seltzer
  • In the autumn the whole wood is full of the click and glint of the winged seeds.

    California Mary Austin
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.).


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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