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  1. a light or lamp.
  2. Scot. a little bit; small portion; scrap.
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Origin of glim

First recorded in 1690–1700; see origin at glimpse, glimmer
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Related Words for glim

twinkle, glint, flicker, glimmer, sheen, glow, stare, glare, gape, snoop, gawk, peep, squint, peer, beam, look, flash, glitz, gloss, brilliance

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Historical Examples of glim

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

    Treasure Island

    Robert Louis Stevenson

  • “Do top that glim, Bill,” said one of the men, in a tremulous voice.

    Poor Jack

    Frederick Marryat

  • Douse your glim, mate; we'll be having them Zeppelins all over us.

  • There–there, it has switched off the ‘glim’ now–the little, telltale battery.

    Pemrose Lorry, Camp Fire Girl

    Isabel Katherine Hornibrook

  • Finish your cigar, Mr Morton, and douce the glim when you have done.

British Dictionary definitions for glim


noun slang
  1. a light or lamp
  2. an eye
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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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