Scottish National Dictionary (1700–)
BLINTER, v. and n.
1. To glimmer, to flicker.
Mry., Abd. 1825 Jam.2:
Blinter. To shine feebly, or with an unsteady flame, like a candle going out. Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas, etc. 35; Abd.2, Abd.9 1935:
Will o' the wisp was blintrin' in the vale. Ags. 1929 J. S. Buist in Scots Mag. (May) 151:
The firelicht blintered on her face.
ppl.adj. blinterin', blinking, flickering.
ne.Sc. 1929 M. W. Simpson Day's End 14:
An' the blinterin' starnies winner an' glower.
2. “To bring the eye-lids close to the pupil of the eye, in consequence of a defect of vision [or as a result of internal or external stimulus] . . . to blink” (Mry., Abd. 1825 Jam.2).
Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 20:
That he's acquaint wi' ane like you; Whase lilts wad gar a Quaker blinter.
ppl.adj. blint'rin', short-sighted; blinking.
Nai. 1828 W. Gordon Poems 241:
My blint'rin' een I rubb'd them sair. Abd.(D) 1916 G. Abel Wylins fae my Wallet 139:
As airm in airm they brocht their blint'rin' brither back to hame.
Hence blinterer, “a person with weak eyes” (Bnff.2 1935; Abd. 1905 E.D.D. Suppl.).
II. n. The shimmering haze often seen in the strong heat of summer.
Bch. 1804 W. Tarras Poems 22:
An' fend the heat o' simmer's blinter.
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