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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 glowering
Historical Examples
  • Bobby was glowering at the audience and grumbling into Sally's ear.

    The Dominant Strain Anna Chapin Ray
  • He paused, glowering down at her as if she, too, were white enough to hate.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
  • "You're the man I saw at Heyler's," she said, glowering at him.

    The Green Rust Edgar Wallace
  • He rose with extraordinary agility and leant over, glowering at the girl.

    Jack O' Judgment Edgar Wallace
  • He paused for an answer, glowering at her; and she shrank, trembling, against the door.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • He was glowering at the pieces of the check that lay on the floor at his feet.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • The printer gazed at him with glowering and suffused eyes, choking in his throat.

    Privy Seal Ford Madox Ford
  • Ditson started and turned pale when he saw Hartwick, who was glowering at him.

    Frank Merriwell's Races

    Burt L. Standish
  • “If he saw it,” muttered the first officer, under his breath and glowering at me.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • "I forgot," he said, glowering at the unwelcome sight of his own sex.

    The Gay Rebellion Robert W. Chambers
British Dictionary definitions for glowering


(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 glowering



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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