from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A transient glance.
- n. An unexpected view of something that startles one.
- n. A sudden fear.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A transient glance; an unexpected view of something that startles one; a sudden fear.
- n. A moment: as, for a gliff.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To be seized with sudden fear; be terrified.
- To gaze with terror; gaze; look back.
- To frighten; alarm.
- n. A sudden fright or shock.
- n. A glimpse; a sudden or chance view.
- n. A moment.
'Well,' he said slowly, 'I once got a "gliff" myself in exactly the same place as I made a short cut through the churchyard one autumn evening.
'There's many a body that micht be the better of a bit "gliff," but it disna always last, and it's a daungerous game to play at.
'Now,' I said, after, congratulating him on his recovery, 'if it doesn't excite you too much tell me exactly what occurred in the churchyard last night, for 'tis an absolute mystery to me, besides having given me an awful "gliff," old fellow, for I have been wondering what might have happened if I hadn't by the merest chance discovered you in your premature grave.'
"I thought not," said he, "and yet ye have a kind of gliff* of Mr. Alexander."
'gliff' in the night from the apparition of 'Silkie' -- so he informed me the lady was called locally.
“And aha, Mr. Butler,” rejoined Bartoline, upon whom, as may be well supposed, the jest was lost, and all but the sound of the words, “ye said a gliff syne it was quivis, and now I heard ye say cuivis with my ain ears, as plain as ever I heard a word at the fore-bar.”
“Gone to her room a little evil-disposed, I am informed, and laid down in her bed for a gliff,” said her grandmother; “as soon as she wakes, she shall take some drops.”
'Then aiblins,' replied the elder, stooping and knocking the ashes from his pipe against the fender, 'there micht be a bit gliff, an' this bit paper micht come in gey useful by way o 'stirrin' up his conscience the whilk, I'm thinkin ', has been growin' stiff i 'his auld age.
'Onnyway, naethin' came o't, 'continued Ringan, imbibing thoughtfully from his glass,' but what I'm thinkin 'the noo is that aiblins anither ghaist-gliff micht do a body I ken o' a guid turn. '
It was the swiftest of visions, yet I had seen enough to give me a 'gliff,' _for the eyes were not those of 'Brownie,' but of my uncle_.