An example of a gleam is a beam of light peeking through an open door.
Saw gleams of daylight through the cracks.
An example of to gleam is to briefly shine a flashlight into a dark cave.
The gleam of burnished gold.
A gleam of intelligence.
The sun gleamed on the water.
Origin of gleam
- Middle English glem from Old English glǣm ghel-2 in Indo-European roots
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- (noun) Originates before the first millennium from Middle English gleme, from Old English glæm; see Proto-Indo-European *ghel-.
- (verb) Derived from the Middle English noun form before the first millennium.