[ glim-er-ing ]
/ ˈglɪm ər ɪŋ /


a faint or unsteady light; glimmer.
a faint glimpse or idea; inkling.


shining faintly or unsteadily; shimmering.

Origin of glimmering

Middle English word dating back to 1300–50; see origin at glimmer, -ing1, -ing2
Related formsglim·mer·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for glimmering (2 of 2)


[ 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. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glimmering


/ (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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