Adjective "Glimmer" definition and examples

(Glimmer may not be an adjective, but it can be used as an adjective, click here to find out.)



Definitions and examples


Shine faintly with a wavering light.
  1. 'pools of glimmering light'
  2. 'She had on a beautiful red gown that glimmered as the light hit it.'
  3. 'She turned her head away from him, not wanting to see the way his eyes glimmered in the moonlight.'
  4. 'The city lights in the distance glimmered, but mostly all the houses on the street were dark.'
  5. 'The sun light glimmered into the room through the large window on the wall.'
  6. 'The buildings looked like crystal statues that glimmered in the light.'
  7. 'Chests of gold and jewels and riches appeared before him, glimmering in the darkness.'
  8. 'He looked up to see a wall before him, glimmering in the sun.'
  9. 'The fish caught in the trap glimmered in the sun from their movements.'
  10. 'In his strong hands was a tiny medallion, which glimmered in the light.'
  11. 'His police badge glimmered in the bright light of the sun streaming in through the doorway and windows.'


A faint or wavering light.
  1. 'There was a mischievous glimmer in his eyes.'
  2. 'Though it was dark, he could see a glimmer, like light reflecting off metal.'
  3. 'I noticed the slight glimmer in his eyes when he mentioned my mother and gasped.'
  4. 'But I can see the clear outline of the end of the tunnel, not merely a glimmer of light.'
  5. 'Ahead in the tunnel he could see a faint glimmer of light against the water, and could smell the air freshening.'
  6. 'For a moment, she thought she saw a blue-green glimmer of light along the wall, but it faded.'
  7. 'The desolate plains seemed to end and, I could've sworn I had imagined it, but there seemed to be a faint glimmer of light on the horizon.'
  8. 'A large cavern, lit only by the faintest glimmer of phosphorescence was exposed, a vast lake in the centre.'
  9. 'When burned, they gave a glimmer of light, but not enough to study by.'
  10. 'Not a mile away, the cave ended at a pedestal with a tiny golden glimmer above it.'
A faint sign of a feeling or quality, especially a desirable one.
  1. 'Yesterday, there was a small glimmer of hope when there was a sign that his liver function may have started to come back but it is still well below the levels needed to pull him through.'
  2. 'The glimmer of recognition was present but we ignored one another.'
  3. 'The only glimmer of salvation comes from Aimee, of all people.'
  4. 'More recently, a glimmer of optimism briefly broke through the gloom.'
  5. 'None of them had shown even the slightest glimmer of success, which was more than distressing.'
  6. 'The spirit of the holiday may be getting lost in all this back and forth, but there may be a faint glimmer of hope.'
  7. 'And we're seeing the first glimmer of hope in that troubled region today.'
  8. 'There is of course a glimmer of truth in that.'
  9. 'The man showed not a glimmer of romantic interest in her during the whole evening.'
  10. 'And for a moment, I felt a faint glimmer of hope as his eyes shifted away, the hurt clearly visible.'

More definitions


1. a faint or unsteady light; gleam.

2. a dim perception; inkling.

verb (used without object)

3. to shine faintly or unsteadily; twinkle, shimmer, or flicker.

4. to appear faintly or dimly.


(glimmer)Late Middle English: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Swedish glimra and Danish glimre.