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 glinted

Contemporary Examples of glinted

Historical Examples of glinted

  • 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



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 glinted



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



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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