Origin of gleam
synonym study for gleam
OTHER WORDS FROM gleamgleam·less, adjectiveout·gleam, verb (used with object)
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What does gleam mean?
A gleam is a flash or flicker of light, as in As Val scrolled through their phone in the dark, the screen projected a gleam of light on their face.
A gleam is also a dim light, such as you might get from a flashlight with a dying battery.
To gleam means to send out a gleam, as in The candle gleamed in the darkness.
To gleam also means to appear quickly and clearly, as a flash of light would.
Example: I love the way this dress gleams in the sun.
Where does gleam come from?
The first records of the term gleam come from before the year 1000. It ultimately comes from the Old English glǣm.
You might also see gleam used to mean “a brief or small inkling of something happening.” You might have a gleam of hope about something that’s not very likely but not impossible. You might also say you have a gleam of happiness when you’re sad overall.
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What are some other forms related to gleam?
- gleamingly (adverb)
- gleamless (adjective)
- gleamy (adjective)
- outgleam (verb)
- gleaming (adjective, verb)
What are some synonyms for gleam?
What are some words that share a root or word element with gleam?
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How is gleam used in real life?
Gleam is a common word often used to describe a dull stream of light.
The Gleam of Glamour can make you Go insane. Don't lose your inherent Goodness for it. #BabaAM
— ARMAAN MALIK (@ArmaanMalik22) August 8, 2017
Under a moon that hangs from silver strings
We know not what this darkness brings
The stars all gleam with possibilities
— Oh Wonder (@OhWonderMusic) May 23, 2017
When black cats prowl and pumpkins gleam, may luck be yours on Halloween. 🎃
— K-Ray (@wtmkevin) October 29, 2016
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How to use gleam in a sentence
For a test of dry-land mirrors, Franklin and her colleagues turned to a showy group of about 40 species of scarab beetles, some with a natural gleam.Mirror beetles’ shiny bodies may not act as camouflage after all|Susan Milius|March 9, 2022|Science News
Baugh had brought nothing but his remarkable good will, and it was in full gleam for all to see when the president entered.The President and the Tow Truck Driver|Michael Daly|September 25, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Polish them until they gleam with malice, wicked glee, and non-registry gifts.The First-World Anarchist’s Guide to Weddings|Kelly Williams Brown|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
A brown tacky gleam of years of paint accumulation covers the three-story apartment.The Weird Underground World of Urban Animal Husbandry|Dale Eisinger|May 19, 2014|DAILY BEAST
He asked me what I put on my nail polish to give all the colors a warm gleam.“I hear Gore’s voice and I want so much to be with him”|Anaïs Nin|October 26, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Evans, 31, whose eyes gleam behind a mess of blonde hair, was a formerly committed Christian whose faith had lapsed.Sunday Assembly Is the Hot New Atheist Church|Nico Hines|September 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
It was the darkest hour of twilight, when there was just enough of gleam from the lurid sky, to shew the outline of objects.The Pastor's Fire-side Vol. 3 of 4|Jane Porter
He was sure that I was really there, and the gleam of white teeth showed a broadening dog-smile.The Soldier of the Valley|Nelson Lloyd
Mr. Levi enters almost beside him; how white his big eyeballs gleam, as he steps in under the same cold light!Checkmate|Joseph Sheridan Le Fanu
She smiled back at him, a pale, timid smile, like a gleam of sunshine from a wintry sky.St. Martin's Summer|Rafael Sabatini
Indirect lighting gave a pretty gleam to the metal gadgets on the tables.Fee of the Frontier|Horace Brown Fyfe