[ shim-er ]
/ ˈʃɪm ər /

verb (used without object)

to shine with or reflect a subdued, tremulous light; gleam faintly.
to appear to quiver or vibrate in faint light or while reflecting heat waves.


a subdued, tremulous light or gleam.
a quivering or vibrating motion or image as produced by reflecting faint light or heat waves.

Nearby words

  1. shily,
  2. shim,
  3. shimazaki,
  4. shimizu,
  5. shimla,
  6. shimmery,
  7. shimmy,
  8. shimonoseki,
  9. shin,
  10. shin bet

Origin of shimmer

before 1100; Middle English schimeren, s(c)hemeren, Old English scimrian; cognate with Dutch schemeren, German schimmern to glisten

Related formsshim·mer·ing·ly, adverbun·shim·mer·ing, adjectiveun·shim·mer·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for shimmer


/ (ˈʃɪmə) /


(intr) to shine with a glistening or tremulous light


a faint, glistening, or tremulous light
Derived Formsshimmering, adjectiveshimmeringly, adverb

Word Origin for shimmer

Old English scimerian; related to Middle Low German schēmeren to grow dark, Old Norse skimi brightness

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Word Origin and History for shimmer
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