gleam Definition

  • 1a faint or brief light; a glimmer
  • 2a flash of reflected light
  • 3a slight or remote possibility

Using gleam: Examples

Take a moment to familiarize yourself with how "gleam" can be used in various situations through the following examples!

  • Example

    The sun gleamed on the water.

  • Example

    Her eyes gleamed with excitement.

  • Example

    There was a gleam of hope in his eyes.

  • Example

    The diamond ring gleamed in the light.

gleam Synonyms and Antonyms

Antonyms for gleam

Phrases with gleam

  • gleam in someone's eye

    something that is only an idea or a hope for the future


    The company was just a gleam in his eye when he graduated from college.

  • a vague or incomplete idea


    I have a gleam of an idea for my next project, but I need to work on it more.

  • a sudden realization or understanding of something


    When she saw his face, there was a gleam of recognition in her eyes.

Origins of gleam

from Old English 'glǣm', related to 'glow'


Summary: gleam in Brief

The term 'gleam' [ɡliːm] refers to a faint or brief light, often associated with a glimmer or sparkle. It can also denote a slight possibility, as in 'There was a gleam of hope in his eyes.' The phrase 'gleam in someone's eye' refers to something that is only an idea or hope for the future, while 'gleam of recognition' denotes a sudden realization or understanding.

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