[ glim-er ]
/ ˈglɪm ər /


a faint or unsteady light; gleam.
a dim perception; inkling.

verb (used without object)

to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.
to appear faintly or dimly.

Origin of glimmer

1300–50; Middle English glimeren to gleam; cognate with German glimmern; compare Old English gleomu splendor Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for glimmer

/ (ˈɡlɪmə) /

verb (intr)

(of a light, candle, etc) to glow faintly or flickeringly
to be indicated faintlyhope glimmered in his face


a glow or twinkle of light
a faint indication

Derived forms of glimmer

glimmeringly, adverb

Word Origin for glimmer

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