glint 1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of M.E. glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. gletta "to look," dial. Swed. glinta "to shine"), from P.Gmc. *glent-, from PIE *ghel- "to shine, glitter, glow, be warm" (see GLASS (Cf. glass)). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting. The noun is recorded from 1541 (modern use from 1826).

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  • glint — /glint/, n. 1. a tiny, quick flash of light. 2. gleaming brightness; luster. 3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace. v.i. 4. to shine with a glint. 5. to move suddenly; dart. v.t. 6. to cause to glint; reflect. [1400 50; …   Universalium

  • glint — /glɪnt / (say glint) noun 1. a gleam or glimmer; flash. 2. glinting brightness; lustre. –verb (i) 3. to gleam or flash. 4. to move suddenly; dart. –verb (t) 5. to cause to glint; reflect. –phrase 6. a glint in one s eye, a look betokening an… …   Australian English dictionary

  • Glint — (gl[i^]nt), n. [OE. glent.] A glimpse, glance, or gleam. [Scot.] He saw a glint of light. Ramsay. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Glint — Glint, v. t. To glance; to turn; as, to glint the eye. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glint — [glɪnt] verb [I] 1) to shine with quick flashes of light 2) if your eyes glint, they show a strong emotion such as anger glint noun [C] …   Dictionary for writing and speaking English

  • glint — [glint] vi. [ME glenten, prob. < Scand, as in Swed dial glänta, akin to MHG glinzen, to glint, Ger glänzen, to shine < IE * ghlendh < base * ĝhel , to shine > GLOW, GLASS] 1. to shine or reflect with intermittent flashes of light;… …   English World dictionary

  • Glint — Glint, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Glinted}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glinting}.] [OE. glenten. Cf. {Glance}, v. i., {Glitter}, v. i.] To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter. Burns. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glint — vb glance, gleam, *flash, sparkle, glitter, glisten, scintillate, coruscate, twinkle …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glint — [n] sparkle flash, glance, gleam, glimmer, glitter, look, shine, trace, twinkle; concepts 411,624,628 …   New thesaurus

  • glint — ► VERB ▪ give out or reflect small flashes of light. ► NOUN ▪ a small flash of light, especially a reflected one. ORIGIN originally in the sense «move quickly or obliquely»: variant of dialect glent, probably Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

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