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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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  • The moon-rays, filtering through a narrow opening, glinted on his white hair and long beard.

    The Death of the Gods Dmitri Mrejkowski
  • Her eyes, turned sideways, glinted; her teeth were fastened on her lower lip.

    Fraternity John Galsworthy
  • Some pastures had been eaten off to the roots and glinted in golden bronze.

    A Little Girl in Old San Francisco Amanda Minnie Douglas
  • Frost prisms on the snow sparkled and glinted in the starlight.

    Left on the Labrador Dillon Wallace
  • The light from the chandelier fell upon her brown hair, and glinted.

    From the Housetops George Barr McCutcheon
  • Frank took a three inch golden ring that glinted with mineral.

    The Planet Strappers Raymond Zinke Gallun
  • On the other side of the cabin an empty whisky bottle caught a ray of light from the fire, and glinted feebly back.

    The Magnetic North Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)
  • The light, touching the edges of her hair, glinted into an iridescent halo about her face.

    Trusia Davis Brinton
  • Then it glinted with the barely visible violet, a solid once more, rigid and motionless.

British Dictionary definitions for glinted


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 glinted



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.).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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