- to explain away; extenuate; gloss over (usually followed by over).
- Archaic. to make glosses; comment.
- Archaic. flattery or deceit.
- Obsolete. a specious show.
Origin of gloze
1250–1300; Middle English < Old French gloser < Medieval Latin glossāre; see gloss2
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Examples from the Web for gloze
Any attempt to gloze the situation, he felt, would be futile.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
You see, gloze it over as they may, one thing is clear, it is finished with England.Tancred
I would not gloze my crime, nor do I know How to address your worships.The Scarlet Stigma
James Edgar Smith
He knew his father never cared for him, though his mother tried her best to gloze over the indifference of her husband.Garrison's Finish
W. B. M. Ferguson
At dark the old man lit two lamps, which served dimly to gloze the shadows, and thrust logs of wood into the cast-iron stove.The Blazed Trail
Stewart Edward White
- (tr often foll by over) to explain away; minimize the effect or importance of
- to make explanatory notes or glosses on (a text)
- to use flattery (on)
- flattery or deceit
- an explanatory note or gloss
- specious or deceptive talk or action
C13: from Old French glosser to comment; see gloss ²
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