- gleam1 [ glim ] verb intransitive1. ) to shine brightly:Her car gleamed in the sunshine.2. ) if your eyes gleam, you look excited or happy: SHINEa ) if a feeling or emotion gleams in your eyes, you express it with your eyesgleamgleam 2 [ glim ] noun count1. ) a bright light reflected from something2. ) a look of emotion or excitement in someone's eyes:There was an evil gleam in his eye as he spoke.a ) a gleam in someone's eye an idea or wish that someone has, that they cannot yet achieve:Moving walkways have been a gleam in the eye of town planners for some time.
Usage of the words and phrases in modern English. 2013.