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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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Examples from the Web for glower
Historical Examples
  • The judge leaned forward to glower at the older of the two prisoners.

    The Arrow of Fire

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

    Polly the Pagan Isabel Anderson
  • "Nothing which need make you glower at me like that," defiantly.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring
  • To glower at her as usual in the Strand if she passed him with young Ellerton.

  • Aye, you may turn red and white and glower at me—I know what I'm talking about.

    Leonore Stubbs L. B. Walford
  • Tavish, my friend, you will do better not to glower and struggle like that.

  • He could only glower angrily and in silence at a meeting he could not prevent.

    The Silent Barrier Louis Tracy
  • 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 heater is cut out by an electromagnet when the glower goes into operation.

    Artificial Light M. Luckiesh
  • Fray Ignatio beside me glowered, so far as so good a man could glower.

    1492 Mary Johnston
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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