15th century. Borrowed from Scots glint; from Middle English glenten; probably alteration of Norse, Old; from German, Middle High (ca.1050-1500) glinzen; from Proto-Germanic *glintaną, *glintjaną; from Proto-Indo-European *ǵʰley-. Pronunciation Noun

glint (plural glints)

  1. A short flash of light.
    I saw the glint of metal as he raised the gun.
Translations Adjective


  1. (archaic, Shropshire, of a blade) Not sharp; dull.
    The knife is glint.

glint (glints, present participle glinting; past and past participle glinted)

  1. (intransitive) To flash or gleam briefly.
    A wedding ring glinted on her finger.
  2. (intransitive) To glance; to peep forth, as a flower from the bud; to glitter.
    • 1785, Robert Burns, The Holy Fair
      The rising sun owre Galston muirs, / Wi' glorious light was glintin'
  3. (transitive) To cause to flash or gleam; to reflect.
    • 1980, Inquiry Magazine
      The scientists theorized that a meteoroid, ranging in size from a speck of dust to a marble, might have struck the satellite and chipped off a bit of debris that glinted a ray of sun back on the Vela's second sensor […]
  4. (archaic, Shropshire, transitive) To dry; to wither.
    The sun glints grass and corn.
  • German: glitzern
  • Russian: вспы́хивать

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