- 1[intransitive] to shine brightly with little flashes of light, like a diamond synonym sparkle The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold. The water glittered in the sunlight. Synonymsshinegleam glow sparkle glisten shimmer glitter twinkle glintThese words all mean to produce or reflect light.shine to produce or reflect light, especially brightly:The sun was shining and the sky was blue.gleam to shine with a clear bright or pale light, especially a reflected light:Moonlight gleamed on the water.glow (often of something hot or warm) to produce a dull steady light:The end of his cigarette glowed red.sparkle to shine brightly with small flashes of light:The diamonds sparkled in the light.glisten (of something wet) to shine:The road glistened wet after the rain.shimmer to shine with a soft light that seems to shake slightly:Everything seemed to shimmer in the heat.glitter to shine brightly with small flashes of reflected light:The ceiling of the cathedral glittered with gold.sparkle or glitter?There is very little difference in meaning between these two words. Glitter can sometimes suggest a lack of depth, but this is more frequent in the figurative use of glitter as a noun:the superficial glitter of show business. Sparkle is also often used to talk about light reflected off a surface, but things that produce light can also sparkle:Stars sparkled in the sky.twinkle to shine with a light that changes rapidly from bright to faint to bright again:Stars twinkled in the sky.glint to give small bright flashes of reflected light:The blade of the knife glinted in the darkness.Patterns to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint on something to shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/twinkle/glint with something to shine/gleam/sparkle/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint in the sunlight to shine/gleam/glisten/shimmer/glitter/glint in the moonlight the stars shine/sparkle/glitter/twinkle somebody’s eyes shine/gleam/glow/sparkle/glisten/glitter/twinkle/glint to shine/gleam/glow/glitter brightly to shine/gleam/glow/shimmer softly
- 2[intransitive] glitter (with something) (of the eyes) to shine brightly with a particular emotion, usually a strong one His eyes glittered with greed. Word Origin late Middle English: from Old Norse glitra.Extra examples Crystal chandeliers glittered brightly above them. Her eyes glittered with delight. His deep-set eyes glittered coldly. His metal buttons glittered in the sunlight. Sunlight glittered on the snow. The Christmas lights glittered on the tower of St Clement’s Church. Trees and grass glittered with dew. He was watching her with glittering eyes. The sky was clear and glittering with icy stars.Idioms (saying) not everything that seems good, attractive, etc. is actually good, etc.
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtər//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they glitter
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtə(r)//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtər//he / she / it glitters
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtəz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtərz//past simple glittered
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtərd//past participle glittered
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtəd//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtərd//-ing form glittering
BrE BrE//ˈɡlɪtərɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡlɪtərɪŋ//