a light or lamp.
Scot. a little bit; small portion; scrap.

Origin of glim

First recorded in 1690–1700; see origin at glimpse, glimmer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glim

Historical Examples of glim

  • What was a "glim," and what did the fellow suggest by silver plate?


    James Huneker

  • Them hot-headed Kentuckians, y' know, they'd dowse a feller's glim for less 'n that.

    The Magnetic North

    Elizabeth Robins (C. E. Raimond)

  • The carriage light was feeble, and the faces I saw above me drooped under the glim, wilted and dingy.

    Waiting for Daylight

    Henry Major Tomlinson

  • Rokeby looked at her with an astonished respect and a glim of his saving humour.

    Married Life

    May Edginton

  • "Sure enough, they left their glim here," said the fellow from the window.

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

British Dictionary definitions for glim


noun slang

a light or lamp
an eye

Word Origin for glim

C17: probably short for glimmer; compare glimpse
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Word Origin and History for glim

18c. slang, "a light, candle, lantern;" 19c. slang "an eye," probably a back-formation from glimmer.

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