gleam (n.) Look up gleam at
Old English glæm "brilliant light; brightness, splendor, radiance," from Proto-Germanic *glaimiz (cognates: Old Saxon glimo "brightness;" Middle High German glim "spark," gleime "glowworm;" German glimmen "to glimmer, glow;" Old Norse glija "to shine, glitter"), from root *glim-, from PIE *ghel- (2) "to shine," with derivatives referring to bright materials and gold (see glass).
gleam (v.) Look up gleam at
early 13c., from gleam (n). Related: Gleamed; gleaming.