a tiny, quick flash of light.
gleaming brightness; luster.
a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.

verb (used without object)

to shine with a glint.
to move suddenly; dart.

verb (used with object)

to cause to glint; reflect.

Origin of glint

1400–50; late Middle English glint, variant of obsolete glent; compare Danish glente, Swedish dialect glänta to glimpse, brighten

Synonyms for glint

1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glint

Contemporary Examples of glint

Historical Examples of glint

  • "I'll have to think that over," she said, with a glint of mischief in her eyes.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • With the first glint of dawn I heard steps outside the hut; but I did not stir.

    The Strolling Saint

    Raphael Sabatini

  • "It is a habit of mine," said he, with a glint of humour in his eye.

    St. Martin's Summer

    Rafael Sabatini

  • Alston Choate did not allow a glint to lighten the grave kindliness of his glance.

    The Prisoner

    Alice Brown

  • The wolf had seen the glint of her pistol barrel and had fled.

    Out of the Depths

    Robert Ames Bennet

British Dictionary definitions for glint



to gleam or cause to gleam brightly


a bright gleam or flash
brightness or gloss
a brief indication

Word Origin for glint

C15: probably of Scandinavian origin; compare Swedish dialect glänta, glinta to gleam
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Word Origin and History for glint

1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian gletta "to look," dialectal Swedish glinta "to shine"), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.


1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).

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