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glitter

[glit-er] /ˈglɪt ər/
verb (used without object)
1.
to reflect light with a brilliant, sparkling luster; sparkle with reflected light.
2.
to make a brilliant show.
noun
3.
a sparkling reflected light or luster.
4.
showy splendor.
5.
small glittering ornaments.
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English < Old Norse glitra; compare Old English glitenian, German gleissen to shine, glitter
Related forms
glitteringly, adverb
outglitter, verb (used with object)
unglittering, adjective
Synonyms
1. See flash. 3. sparkle.
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British Dictionary definitions for outglitter

glitter

/ˈɡlɪtə/
verb (intransitive)
1.
(of a hard, wet, or polished surface) to reflect light in bright flashes
2.
(of light) to be reflected in bright flashes
3.
(usually foll by with) to be decorated or enhanced by the glamour (of): the show glitters with famous actors
noun
4.
sparkle or brilliance
5.
show and glamour
6.
tiny pieces of shiny decorative material used for ornamentation, as on the skin
7.
(Canadian) Also called silver thaw. ice formed from freezing rain
Derived Forms
glitteringly, adverb
glittery, adjective
Word Origin
C14: from Old Norse glitra; related to Old High German glīzan to shine
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Word Origin and History for outglitter

glitter

v.

c.1300, glideren (late 14c. as gliteren), from a Scandinavian source, cf. Old Norse glitra "to glitter," from glit "brightness," from Proto-Germanic *glit- "shining, bright" (cf. Old English glitenian "to glitter, shine; be distinguished," Old High German glizzan, German glitzern, Gothic glitmunjan), from PIE *ghleid- (cf. Greek khlidon, khlidos "ornament"), from root *ghel- "to shine, glitter" (see glass). Related: Glittered; glittering. The noun is c.1600, from the verb. Glitter rock is from 1972.

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Slang definitions & phrases for outglitter

glitter

noun

A gaudy style of dress and grooming affected by some musicians, comprising dyed hair, jewels on face and body, and refulgent jumpsuits and cowboy suits (1960s+)


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