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See synonyms for: glimmerglimmering on

  1. a faint or unsteady light; gleam.

  2. a dim perception; inkling.

verb (used without object)
  1. to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.

  2. to appear faintly or dimly.

Origin of glimmer

1300–50; Middle English glimeren “to gleam”; cognate with German glimmern; compare Old English gleomu “splendor”

synonym study For glimmer

1. See gleam.

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How to use glimmer in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for glimmer


/ (ˈɡlɪmə) /

  1. (of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly

  2. to be indicated faintly: hope glimmered in his face

  1. a glow or twinkle of light

  2. a faint indication

Origin of glimmer

C14: compare Middle High German glimmern, Swedish glimra, Danish glimre

Derived forms of glimmer

  • glimmeringly, adverb

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