glint (n.) Look up glint at
1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).
glint (v.) Look up glint at
1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten "gleam, flash, glisten" (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (compare Norwegian gletta "to look," dialectal Swedish glinta "to shine"), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- (2) "to shine," with derivatives referring to bright materials and gold (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.