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  1. a tiny, quick flash of light.
  2. gleaming brightness; luster.
  3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to shine with a glint.
  2. to move suddenly; dart.
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verb (used with object)
  1. to cause to glint; reflect.
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Origin of glint

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


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1. gleam, glimmer. 4. See flash.
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  • Frost prisms on the snow sparkled and glinted in the starlight.

    Left on the Labrador

    Dillon Wallace

  • Her eyes, turned sideways, glinted; her teeth were fastened on her lower lip.


    John Galsworthy

  • When he held it up to the light it glinted and glowed all sorts of colors.

    Fairy Prince and Other Stories

    Eleanor Hallowell Abbott

  • It must have struck button, or buckle, or something, and glinted off.

  • He shuffled toward Auguste, fixing him with small eyes that glinted with malice.


    Robert Shea

British Dictionary definitions for glinted


  1. to gleam or cause to gleam brightly
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  1. a bright gleam or flash
  2. brightness or gloss
  3. a brief indication
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Word Origin

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



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

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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.

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