Definition of glimmer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡlɪmə/


[no object]
Shine faintly with a wavering light: the moonlight glimmered on the lawn (as adjective glimmering) pools of glimmering light
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  • It was sundown, the skies were dark orange, the temple and its worshippers glimmered in pools of light and dark.
  • His short blond hair glimmered in the light which shone into the walkways and halls.
  • Her spectacles caught the light from somewhere and glimmered under the straight blonde of her hair.


1A faint or wavering light: he saw a faint glimmer of light from her window
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  • The desolate plains seemed to end and, I could've sworn I had imagined it, but there seemed to be a faint glimmer of light on the horizon.
  • Even in what seems to be the darkest hour, there's a faint glimmer of light.
  • Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.
2A faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one: there is one glimmer of hope for Becky
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  • Yesterday, there was a small glimmer of hope when there was a sign that his liver function may have started to come back but it is still well below the levels needed to pull him through.
  • There are glimmers, small indicators and little signs that our country might be starting to find its feet again and our policies making an impact.
  • The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.
gleam, glimmering, flicker, ray, trace, faint sign, scintilla, suggestion, hint



Example sentences
  • She loves to be ever glimmeringly clad, every inch a queen both for the sake of her husband and because of her inner insecurity.
  • She has danced the Fortier and the Varone years ago, but she makes them seem glimmeringly new.
  • The dark green seems to play with light especially well, and it appears nearly black in some light and glimmeringly dark green in other light.


Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish glimra and Danish glimre.

Words that rhyme with glimmer

dimmer, limber, limner, shimmer, simmer, skimmer, slimmer, strimmer, swimmer, trimmer, zimmer

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