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1. PIE root *ghel- "shine, glitter, glow" => Proto-Germanic *glim- => gleam, glimmer, glimpse.
2. glimmer is a frequentative from Proto-Germanic *glim-, originally "shine brightly," Sense shifted 15c. to "shine faintly".
3. PIE root *ghel- "shine, glitter, glow" => glow, glitter, glister, glisten, glint, glad.
- glimmer: see gleam
- 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-, root 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.).
- 1. She saw the occasional glimmer of a moth's wings.
- 2. He could see the glimmer of fresh paint on the woodwork.
- 3. In the east there is the slightest glimmer of light.
- 4. The uneasy alliance between these two men offered a glimmer of hope.
- 5. The sunken sailing-boat was a glimmer of white on the bottom.
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