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Origin of glim

First recorded in 1690–1700; see origin at glimpse, glimmer Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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noun slang
  1. a light or lamp
  2. 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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