May 26, 2013
glitter (verb)
\GLIT-er\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to shine with brilliant or metallic luster
How do you use it?
Some of the rocks we collected had shiny pieces in them that glittered in the sun.
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Which of the following do you think is another meaning of the verb "glitter"?

If you thought answer A had a certain shine to it, you chose correctly. When it was first used, "glitter" had to do with the literal shining of something that has a brilliant or metallic luster. Later it developed a meaning having to do with the figurative shining of strong emotion, as in "the villain's eyes glittered in anger." A synonym of "glitter," the word "sparkle" also has both literal and figurative uses. Two of its more common meanings are "to give off small flashes of light," as in "the diamond sparkled," and "to become lively or active," as in "grandma's eyes sparkled with pride."
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