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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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  • In the heather she sat and glowered at him, but now she could hardly see his face.

    Moor Fires E. H. (Emily Hilda) Young
  • He stood between his captives and glowered, first at one and then at the other.

    Blow The Man Down Holman Day
  • Silence fell on her as she crossed the threshold, but she glowered on us with fierce eyes.

    Blindfolded Earle Ashley Walcott
  • Duke glowered at him, suspecting a joke, but there was no humor on the blue face.

    Victory Lester del Rey
  • Cyrus Pritchett only glowered on the Bray girls when he looked at them at all.

    The Girls of Hillcrest Farm Amy Bell Marlowe
  • He glowered at his fate, and tugged his tawny moustache for some time in silence.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • On Little's entrance the pupil retired front his uphill work, and glowered with vacillating eyes.

  • Dick glowered sullenly at the wall and tugged his great moustache.

    Viviette William J. Locke
  • Then he glowered on such of the Egyptians as passed to and fro along the street on their affairs.

  • Slade drew rein beside the other horse and glowered at Lennon.

    Bloom of Cactus Robert Ames Bennet
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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