glim

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Middle English glimme; of uncertain origin; likely ON; cp. Nor. dial. glim, OSwed. glim & glimma; apparently ultimately from Proto-Germanic *glim-.

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Noun[edit]

glim (plural glims)

  1. (slang) A light, candle, lantern.
    • 1837, Charles Dickens, Oliver Twist, Ch. 16:
      'Let's have a glim,' said Sikes, 'or we shall go breaking our necks, or treading on the dog. Look after your legs if you do!'
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick, Ch. 3:
      "Come along here, I'll give ye a glim in a jiffy;" and so saying he lighted a candle and held it towards me, offering to lead the way.
    • 1883, Robert Louis Stevenson, Treasure Island, Ch. 5:
      'Sure enough, they left their glim here,' said the fellow from the window.
  2. (slang) An eye.
  3. (obsolete) brightness; splendour

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Verb[edit]

glim

  1. first-person singular present indicative of glimmen
  2. imperative of glimmen