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[glis-ter] /ˈglɪs tər/
verb (used without object), Archaic.
to glisten; glitter.
glitter; sparkle.
Origin of glister
1350-1400; Middle English; akin to glisten
Related forms
glisteringly, adverb Unabridged
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Examples from the web for glister
  • And yet, though sceptics have given warning over many months that gold is about to lose its glister, the price keeps rising.
  • It seems to have lost its glister, tarnished to no small degree by the cataclysmic events of the twentieth century.
British Dictionary definitions for glister


verb, noun
an archaic word for glitter
Derived Forms
glisteringly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: probably from Middle Dutch glisteren
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Word Origin and History for glister

late 14c., probably from or related to Low German glisten, Middle Dutch glisteren, from PIE root *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (see glass). Related: Glistered; glistering. As a noun, from 1530s.

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