Definition of glimmer in English:


Syllabification: glim·mer
Pronunciation: /ˈglimər


[no object]


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  • 1A faint or wavering light.
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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.
  • 1.1A 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, flicker, ray, trace, sign, suggestion, hint



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  • 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.

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