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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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  • Calamity, weary and heavy-eyed, scanned the forbidding, sullen sky in the hope of glimpsing a break in its glowering expanse.

    Captain Calamity Rolf Bennett
  • He paused for an answer, glowering at her; and she shrank, trembling, against the door.

    Bob, Son of Battle Alfred Ollivant
  • And always there had been the glowering fires of a score of villages.

  • He was glowering at the pieces of the check that lay on the floor at his feet.

    'Firebrand' Trevison Charles Alden Seltzer
  • She rubbed her own chin, which was a little white ball, and pushed it forward, glowering at his great jaw.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • Ditson started and turned pale when he saw Hartwick, who was glowering at him.

    Frank Merriwell's Races Burt L. Standish
  • Lon was glowering at her, and she read his decision like an open page.

    From the Valley of the Missing Grace Miller White
  • “If he saw it,” muttered the first officer, under his breath and glowering at me.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • When some pert young man tried to stop him he did not say words but drew back his fist threateningly and, glowering, walked in.

    Marching Men Sherwood Anderson
  • He paused, glowering down at her as if she, too, were white enough to hate.

    The Bondwoman Marah Ellis Ryan
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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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