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Date: 1300-1400
Language: Old Norse
Origin: glitra

glitter

1 verb
     
glit‧ter1 [intransitive]
1 to shine brightly with flashing points of light [= sparkle]:
The river glittered in the sunlight.
see usage note gleam1
2 if someone's eyes glitter, they shine very brightly and show a particular strong emotion
glitter with
His blue eyes glittered with anger.
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gleam, glint, glisten, glitter, glow
All these words mean 'to shine' but are used in slightly different ways.gleam is used especially of smooth clean surfaces that shine She polished the car until it gleamed. gleaming white teethglint means to shine brightly with a small flash of light. It is used especially of shiny metals Her jewellery glinted in the sun.glisten is used of wet or oily surfaces that shine The wet streets glistened.glitter means to shine brightly with many small flashes of light the glittering frostglow means to shine with a warm soft steady light. It is often used of things that give off heat The coal in the fireplace was still glowing.See also gleam

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