1. a tiny, quick flash of light.
  2. gleaming brightness; luster.
  3. a brief or slight manifestation or occurrence; inkling; trace.

verb (used without object)

  1. to shine with a glint.
  2. to move suddenly; dart.

verb (used with object)

  1. to cause to glint; reflect.


  1. to gleam or cause to gleam brightly


  1. a bright gleam or flash
  2. brightness or gloss
  3. a brief indication

1787, from Scottish, where apparently it survived as an alteration of Middle English glenten “gleam, flash, glisten” (mid-15c.), from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian gletta “to look,” dialectal Swedish glinta “to shine”), from Proto-Germanic *glent-, from PIE *ghel- “to shine, glitter, glow, be warm” (see glass). Reintroduced into literary English by Burns. Related: Glinted; glinting.


1540s (modern use from 1826), from glint (v.).

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