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[glou-er] /ˈglaʊ ər/
verb (used without object)
to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
Origin of glower
1350-1400; Middle English (Scots) glowren to glower; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer
Related forms
gloweringly, adverb
unglowering, adjective
ungloweringly, adverb
1. See glare1 . Unabridged
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  • Cesano, whose presence we have remarked, had chosen the darkest corner of the cellar to glower in.

    The King of Alsander James Elroy Flecker
  • "Nothing which need make you glower at me like that," defiantly.

    The Trail of Conflict Emilie Baker Loring
  • The judge leaned forward to glower at the older of the two prisoners.

    The Arrow of Fire Roy J. Snell
  • To glower at her as usual in the Strand if she passed him with young Ellerton.

  • The Prince was there, too, and it was lots of fun to see him glower at the other men.

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • What the deuce, then, was the fellow up to, that he should glower and dodge like a sleuth in a play?

    Red Masquerade Louis Joseph Vance
  • The blue eyes met his, not with a glare or a glower, but with a look of interest and inquiry.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • The heater is cut out by an electromagnet when the glower goes into operation.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • Remembering their first encounter, the grocer tried to outstare him; but Gourlay hardened his glower, and the grocer blinked.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • Each of them was so dear to her, that it was a pity that they should glower at each other like enemies.

    He Knew He Was Right Anthony Trollope
British Dictionary definitions for glower


(intransitive) to stare hard and angrily
a sullen or angry stare
Derived Forms
gloweringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Middle Low German glūren to watch
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Word Origin and History for glower

mid-14c., "to shine;" c.1500, "to stare with wide eyes," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal glora "to glow"), from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (see glow (v.)), root of Old English glowan "to glow," which influenced the spelling. Or perhaps related to Middle Dutch gluren "to leer." Meaning "to look angrily, scowl" is first recorded 1775. Related: Glowered; glowering. As a noun, 1715, from the verb.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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