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[glohz] /gloʊz/
verb (used with object), glozed, glozing.
to explain away; extenuate; gloss over (usually followed by over).
verb (used without object), glozed, glozing.
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
Related forms
glozingly, adverb
unglozed, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for gloze
Historical Examples
  • 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 Benjamin Disraeli
  • 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
  • Official attempts to gloze over the incident would have been amusing if they were not pathetic.

    Pan-Islam George Wyman Bury
  • But if you had made a study of faces, your second glance would have cut through that gloze of oily, apologetic appeal.

    The Plum Tree David Graham Phillips
  • It would be, of course, possible to refine on and gloze over certain points of the teaching.

    The Soul of a People H. Fielding
  • But every one knew that she was a usurper—a fact which no personal merits could gloze over.

    A History of England

    Charles Oman
  • It was the case of Esau; he was bidden sell his birthright for pottage, and affection could not gloze over the bargain.

    The Path of the King John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for gloze


(transitive) 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
Word Origin
C13: from Old French glosser to comment; see gloss²
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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