glimpse

[ glimps ]
/ glɪmps /

noun

verb (used with object), glimpsed, glimps·ing.

to catch or take a glimpse of.

verb (used without object), glimpsed, glimps·ing.

to look briefly; glance (usually followed by at).
Archaic. to come into view; appear faintly.

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Origin of glimpse

1350–1400; Middle English glimsen (v.); cognate with Middle High German glimsen to glow; akin to glimmer

OTHER WORDS FROM glimpse

glimpser, nounun·glimpsed, adjective

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH glimpse

glance, glimpse

Words nearby glimpse

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British Dictionary definitions for glimpse

glimpse
/ (ɡlɪmps) /

noun

a brief or incomplete viewto catch a glimpse of the sea
a vague indicationhe had a glimpse of what the lecturer meant
archaic a glimmer of light

verb

(tr) to catch sight of briefly or momentarily
(intr usually foll by at) mainly US to look (at) briefly or cursorily; glance (at)
(intr) archaic to shine faintly; glimmer

Derived forms of glimpse

glimpser, noun

Word Origin for glimpse

C14: of Germanic origin; compare Middle High German glimsen to glimmer

usage for glimpse

Glimpse is sometimes wrongly used where glance is meant: he gave a quick glance (not glimpse) at his watch
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