[ glair-ing ]
/ ˈglɛər ɪŋ /


shining with or reflecting a harshly bright or brilliant light.
very conspicuous or obvious; flagrant: several glaring errors in spelling.
staring in a fiercely or angrily piercing manner.
excessively showy or bright; garish.

Nearby words

  1. glans penis,
  2. glanville-hicks,
  3. glanzmann's thrombasthenia,
  4. glare,
  5. glare ice,
  6. glaringly,
  7. glarus,
  8. glary,
  9. glaser,
  10. glaserian fissure

Origin of glaring

Middle English: word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at glare1, -ing2

1. blinding. 2. prominent, patent. See flagrant. 4. loud, gaudy, flashy.

Related formsglar·ing·ly, adverbglar·ing·ness, nounnon·glar·ing, adjectiveun·glar·ing, adjective


[ glair ]
/ glɛər /


a very harsh, bright, dazzling light: in the glare of sunlight.
a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
dazzling or showy appearance; showiness.

verb (used without object), glared, glar·ing.

verb (used with object), glared, glar·ing.

to express with a glare: They glared their anger at each other.

Origin of glare

1250–1300; (v.) Middle English glaren; cognate with Middle Dutch, Middle Low German glaren; akin to glass (compare Old English glæren glassy); (noun) Middle English, derivative of the v.

1. flare, glitter, flash. 4. See shine1. 5. Glare, glower, gloat all have connotations of emotion that accompany an intense gaze. To glare is to look piercingly or angrily: A tiger glares at its prey. To glower is to look fiercely and threateningly, as from wrath; it suggests a scowl along with a glare: to glower at a mischievous child. To gloat meant originally to look with exultation, avaricious or malignant, on something or someone: a tyrant gloating over the helplessness of his victim. Today, however, it may simply imply inner exultation.

Related formsglare·less, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glaring


/ (ˈɡlɛərɪŋ) /


conspicuousa glaring omission
dazzling or garish
Derived Formsglaringly, adverbglaringness, noun


/ (ɡlɛə) /


(intr) to stare angrily; glower
(tr) to express by glowering
(intr) (of light, colour, etc) to be very bright and intense
(intr) to be dazzlingly ornamented or garish


Derived Formsglareless, adjectiveglary, adjective

Word Origin for glare

C13: probably from Middle Low German, Middle Dutch glaren to gleam; probably related to Old English glæren glassy; see glass


/ (ɡlɛə) /


mainly US and Canadian smooth and glassyglare ice

Word Origin for glare

C16: special use of glare 1

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Word Origin and History for glaring
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