May 27, 2018
glitter (verb)
\GLIT-er\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: to shine with brilliant or metallic luster
How do you use it?
"To the west meandered the river Strom, glittering like a silver ribbon in the golden sun." (Avi, _Crispin: The Cross of Lead_)
Are you a word wiz?

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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