Origin of glistenMiddle English glistnen (with unhistoric -t-) from Old English glisnian from base of glisian, to shine from Indo-European an unverified form ghleis- from base an unverified form ?hel- from source gleam, glass
A shrub glistening with ice.
When a diamond reflects and sparkles in the sunlight, this is an example of a time when the diamond glistens.
intransitive verbglis·tened, glis·ten·ing, glis·tens
- To shine by reflection with a sparkling luster: “Sweat … trickled in streams down his face and glistened in his beard” ( Lois Lowry ) See Synonyms at flash.
- To be reflected with a sparkling luster: “The sun glistened upon his hair” ( Robert Louis Stevenson )
Origin of glistenMiddle English glisnen from Old English glisnian ; see ghel-2 in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present glistens, present participle glistening, simple past and past participle glistened)
From Old English glisnian.
- When the stars come out and moonbeams glisten across the ocean waves, the entertainment aboard this ocean liner is second to none.
- Icicles make the world glisten and shine.
- Winter Wonderland Theme Party: Snowflakes glisten, all shiny and new; though the air is cold, we are warmed by the thought of you.
- You'll still find dresses that glisten in the light, but they won't be as overtly sexy as other styles.