Definition of


  1. (noun, act) a quick look
  2. (noun, cognition) a brief or incomplete view
  3. (noun, communication) a vague indication
  4. (verb, perception) catch a glimpse of or see briefly

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Synonyms of Glimpse

coup d'oeil, glance

Alternate forms of Glimpse

Derivations: glimpse

Hyponyms: eye-beaming, side-glance, side-look

Hypernyms: aspect, indicant, indication, look, looking, looking at, panorama, prospect, scene, see, view, vista

Origin of the word Glimpse

  1. c.1400, "to shine faintly," probably from O.E. *glimsian "shine faintly," from P.Gmc. *glim- (see gleam). If so, the intrusive -p- would be there to ease pronunciation. Sense of "catch a quick view" first recorded 1779. more

via Online Etymology Dictionary, ©2001 Douglas Harper

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