Green’s Dictionary of Slang

glimmer n.

[SE glimmer, to shine; ult. Du./Ger. glimmer, to shine]

1. [mid-16C–early 19C; 1940s] (UK Und., also glim, glimmar, glymmer) fire; thus a lantern etc.

2. [late 17C–mid-18C] (also glim, glimmar, glymmer) venereal disease.

3. [19C–1960s] the eye; often in pl.

4. [late 19C] (US) a match; a locomotive headlight; a kerosene lamp.

5. [1910s] (US) a cut gem.

6. [1930s] a person who watches vacant motorcars.

7. [1930s] (US) a black eye.

8. [1930s–70s] an electric light, a torch.

9. [1940s–70s] a beggar, esp. one who claims to have lost all his possessions in a fire.

10. [1960s] (US) a sight, a view.

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