- playing lightly over a surface; flickering: said of a flame, etc.
- giving off a soft glow: a lambent sky
- playing lightly and gracefully over a subject: said of wit, humor, etc.
Origin of lambentClassical Latin lambens, present participle of lambere, to lick, lap ; from Indo-European base an unverified form lab- from source lap
- a. Flickering lightly: lambent firelight.b. Having a gentle glow; luminous: “A lambent moon cast shadows on crumbling walls” (Stephen Benz). See Synonyms at bright.
- Light or brilliant: lambent wit.
Origin of lambentLatin lamb&emacron;ns, lambent-, present participle of lambere, to lick.
(comparative more lambent, superlative most lambent)
From Latin lambens, present participle of lambō (“lick”).