Etymology
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shimmer (v.)

Old English scimerian "to glitter, shimmer, glisten, shine," related to (perhaps a frequentative of) scimian "to shine," from Proto-Germanic *skim- (source also of Swedish skimra, Dutch schemeren "to glitter," German schimmern), from PIE root *skai- "to gleam, to shine" (see shine (v.). Related: Shimmered; shimmering.

shimmer (n.)

"a tremulous light," 1821, from shimmer (v.).

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Definitions of shimmer
1
shimmer (v.)
shine with a weak or fitful light;
Beech leaves shimmered in the moonlight
shimmer (v.)
give off a shimmering reflection, as of silk;
2
shimmer (n.)
a weak and tremulous light;
the shimmer of colors on iridescent feathers
Synonyms: play
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