1. (UK Und., also glim, glimmar, glymmer) fire; thus a lantern etc.
|Caveat for Common Cursetours in Viles & Furnivall (1907) 83: glymmar, fyre.|
|Groundworke of Conny-catching Ch. 16: Glymmar in their language is fier.|
|Belman’s Second Nights Walk B2: Glymmer signifies fire.in|
|O per se O O3: When the Dark-mans have been wet, thou the crack-mans downe didst beate, For Glymmer.‘Canting Song’|
|Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O2: Doxie oh! thy Glaziers shine, as Glymmer; by the Salomon.‘Canting Song’ in|
|Eng. Villainies (9th edn).‘Canters Dict.’|
|Eng. Rogue I 49: Glymmer, Fire.|
|‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Canting Academy (1674) 17: [as cit. 1612].|
|Academy of Armory Ch. iii item 68c: Canting Terms used by Beggars, Vagabonds, Cheaters, Cripples and Bedlams. [...] Glimmer, fire.|
|Dict. Canting Crew n.p.: Glymmer fire.|
|Triumph of Wit 196: And Jybe well jerk’d, tick rome conseck, / for back by Glimmar to maund.|
|Lives of Most Noted Highway-men, etc. I 209: He taught his Pupil a deal of canting Words, telling him [...] Glymmer, a Fire.|
|New Canting Dict. [as cit. c.1698].|
|, , ,||Universal Etym. Eng. Dict. n.p.: glimmer, c. fire.|
|Canting Academy, or the Pedlar’s-French Dict. 115: A Fire The Glim.|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue n.p.: Glymmer, fire, (cant).|
|Classical Dict. of the Vulgar Tongue (3rd edn) n.p.: Glimmer. Fire. Cant.|
|Dict. Sl. and Cant n.p.: Glymmer the fire.|
|Lex. Balatronicum [as cit. 1796].|
|New and Improved Flash Dict. n.p.: Glimmer a lighted candle.|
|N.Y. Pick (NY) 29 Apr. n.p.: When the halmanack says it’s moonlight, I put out the glimmers.|
|Vocabulum 37: glimmer The fire.|
|Sl. Dict. (1890).|
|Sport (Adelaide) 3 July 4/2: Sporty thinks it advisable [...] to buy Sam a new lamp for his shop. The old glimmer is looking a bit out of date .|
|Best of Myles (1968) 104: Some day I may call, stuff you into your own oven, and roast you on the glimmer.|
2. (also glim, glimmar, glymmer) venereal disease.
|O per se O N3: Their female furies come hotly and smoaking from thence, carrying about them Glymmar in the Prat [...] oftentimes there is Glymmar in the Jocky.|
|Eng. Villainies (8th edn) O3: Dimber Damber fare thee well [...] And thy Jocky bore the Bell, Glymmer on it never fell.‘Canting Song’ in|
|‘A Wenches complaint for . . . her lusty Rogue’ Canting Academy (1674) 17: [as cit. 1637].|
|‘Rum-Mort’s Praise of Her Faithless Maunder’ in Musa Pedestris (1896) 35: [as cit. 1637].|
3. the eye; often in pl.
|Sailor’s Return I vi: Get out of my way, you booby, or I’ll darken your glimmers for you . Madam never refuses to see Ben Block.|
|Real Life in London I 110: [I] was enabled to return the compliment with interest, by sewing up one of his glimmers.|
|Leics. Chron. 30 May 9/1: I went to hang a smile in front of me. / But weeps were in my glimmers when I tried.|
|Love Sonnets of a Hoodlum XXI n.p.: I went to hang smile in front of me, But weeps were in my glimmers when I tried.|
|Prison Memoirs of an Anarchist (1926) 130: Had a scrap wid de screws. Almost knocked me glimmer out.|
|Appleton Post-Crescent (WI) 4 May 9/4: Flapper Dictionary glimmers – Eyes. [Ibid.] 10 May 13/6–7: put the glimmers on – Take notice.|
|Ogden Standard Examiner 12 Apr. 6/5: I got my glimmers on Tommie Smith.|
|(con. WWI) Gloss. of Sl. [...] in the A.I.F. 1921–1924 (rev. t/s) n.p.: glimmer. ‘The Eye.’.|
|(con. 1890s) Gangs of N.Y. 276: ‘I only give her a little poke,’ he exclaimed. ‘Just enough to put a shanty on her glimmer. But I always takes off me knucks first.’.|
|Cairns Post (Qld) 23 May 4/2: Glue your glimmers on these gifts.|
|Coll. Stories (1990) 113: Johnny’s blackened glimmer didn’t blind him to the fact that her objective was mayhem.‘Make with the Shape’ in|
|Hollywood Detective Dec. [Internet] Now it was her beautiful map that was falling apart. Her crimson kisser hung slack, her glimmers bulged like squeezed grapes and her complexion was floury.‘Coffin for a Coward’ in|
|DAUL 82/2: Glimmers. The eyes; eyeglasses.et al.|
|‘The Be-Bop Santa Claus’ [lyrics] When his glimmers fell on a red Cadillac.|
4. (US) a match; a locomotive headlight; a kerosene lamp.
|Railroad Avenue 344: Glimmer – Locomotive headlight.|
5. (US) a cut gem.
|Gus the Bus 53: If dey ketches me wit’ dis here glimmer on me, I goes to stir.|
6. a person who watches vacant motorcars.
|Down and Out in Complete Works I (1986) 176: These (omitting the ones that everyone knows) are some of the cant words now used in London: [...] A glimmer – one who watches vacant motor-cars.|
7. (US) a black eye.
|Und. and Prison Sl.|
|Argot: Dict. of Und. Sl.|
8. an electric light, a torch.
|Sport (Adelaide) 5 June 4/6: What price Milo Quick being caught [...] for not having a glimmer on his motor road louse.|
|Really the Blues 117: A paper bag was wrapped around the overhead glimmer to curb the brightness.|
|‘Screwsman’s Lament’ in Encounter n.d. in Norman’s London (1969) 67: We went round to my gaff, to get my turtle doves, / My stick, tools and glimmer, which every screwsman loves.|
|(ref. to 1930s–70s) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 206: Glimmer – Torch.|
9. a beggar, esp. one who claims to have lost all his possessions in a fire.
|Indiscreet Guide to Soho 121: Whining ‘glimmers’ who tell hard-luck stories.|
|Signs of Crime 186: Glimmer A beggar.|
10. (US) a sight, a view.
|Syndicate (1998) 24: Making sure my pumpernickel pal got a good glimmer before I set off.|
see douse the glim under glim n.