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glimmer (v.)

late 14c., "to shine brightly;" early 15c., "to shine dimly," perhaps from or related to Middle Dutch glimmen, Middle Low German glimmern, from an extended (frequentative?) form of Proto-Germanic *glim-, which also is the base of Old English glæm "brightness" (see gleam (n.)). Sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly." Compare Dutch glimmeren, German glimmeren "to shine dimly." Related: Glimmered; glimmering.

glimmer (n.)

1580s, "a faint, wavering light," from glimmer (v.).

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Definitions of glimmer from WordNet
1
glimmer (n.)
a flash of light (especially reflected light);
Synonyms: gleam / gleaming
glimmer (n.)
a slight suggestion or vague understanding;
Synonyms: inkling / intimation / glimmering
2
glimmer (v.)
shine brightly, like a star or a light;
Synonyms: gleam
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