• A short flash of light.



  • To flash or gleam briefly.
  • To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter.
  • To cause to flash or gleam; to reflect.
  • To dry; to wither.


  • 15th century. Borrowed from Scots glint; from Middle English glenten ("to shine, gleam; flash"); probably alteration of Old Norse; from Middle High German glinzen; from Proto-Germanic *glintaną, *glintjaną; from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰley- ("to shine"). Cognate with Swedish glänta, glinta, Swedish glimt. Reintroduced into literary English by Robert Burns.

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