[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. gliding,
  2. gliding bacteria,
  3. gliding joint,
  4. gliding lemur,
  5. glim,
  6. glimmer ice,
  7. glimmering,
  8. glimmeringly,
  9. glimpse,
  10. glin

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. 2019

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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 Formsglimmeringly, adverb

Word Origin for glimmer

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

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