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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 glowered
Historical Examples
  • He glowered at his fate, and tugged his tawny moustache for some time in silence.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Dick glowered sullenly at the wall and tugged his great moustache.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • He arose and came around the desk, so that he stood close to Garson, at whom he glowered.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • He glowered at her as at a scout of the enemy, but she did not mind that.

    The Manxman Hall Caine
  • Sir John glowered upon him a moment from the poop, considering.

    The Sea-Hawk Raphael Sabatini
  • It glowered now like a preacher in his pulpit upon a sinful congregation.

    The Strollers Frederic S. Isham
  • The little Cuban glowered at me; I said I had the honour to salute him.

    Romance Joseph Conrad and F.M. Hueffer
  • Slade drew rein beside the other horse and glowered at Lennon.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
  • FitzPatrick glowered at him for an instant from beneath his square brows.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
  • Glavour stopped and glowered at the new obstacle in the path of his sensuality.

    Giants on the Earth Sterner St. Paul Meek
British Dictionary definitions for glowered


(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 glowered



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.

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