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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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  • Rupert's black eyes hardened and narrowed to lines of glinting jet.

    From the Car Behind Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The little white head was glinting off again when the father called it back.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • While he was thus reflecting he saw the kettle hoisted on the tripod, shining and glinting in the sun.

    Mad Shepherds L. P. Jacks
  • Lestrange gave his fine, glinting smile as he rose to salute Emily.

    The Flying Mercury Eleanor M. Ingram
  • The metal seemed to have a life of its own, glowing and glinting, focussing light into pinpoints on its surface.

    Gold in the Sky Alan Edward Nourse
  • Head and front of them all was Hito, fat and shining, with glinting pig's eyes.

    Nicanor - Teller of Tales C. Bryson Taylor
  • John watched the glinting of the four rings on her left hand, and the slow undulations of the drooping lace at her wrist.

    Leonora Arnold Bennett
  • The blue dawn of morning was glinting among the rocks when I awoke.

    The Wild Huntress Mayne Reid
  • Southward is a long vista of curving hills and glinting water shut in by the converging ranges.

British Dictionary definitions for glinting


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 glinting



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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