verb (used without object) Archaic.

to glisten; glitter.


glitter; sparkle.

Origin of glister

1350–1400; Middle English; akin to glisten
Related formsglis·ter·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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verb, noun

an archaic word for glitter
Derived Formsglisteringly, adverb

Word Origin for glister

C14: probably from Middle Dutch glisteren
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Word Origin and History for glistering



late 14c., probably from or related to Low German glisten, Middle Dutch glisteren, from PIE root *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (see glass). Related: Glistered; glistering. As a noun, from 1530s.

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