- 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.
Origin of glaring
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- a very harsh, bright, dazzling light: in the glare of sunlight.
- a fiercely or angrily piercing stare.
- dazzling or showy appearance; showiness.
- to shine with or reflect a very harsh, bright, dazzling light.
- to stare with a fiercely or angrily piercing look.
- Archaic. to appear conspicuous; stand out obtrusively.
- to express with a glare: They glared their anger at each other.
Origin of glare1
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Examples from the Web for glaring
He had a fine eye for moral hypocrisy, and I know that a glaring example of it would not have escaped his notice.How Richard Pryor Beat Bill Cosby and Transformed America
David Yaffe, Scott Saul
December 10, 2014
Experts we spoke with said this is a glaring caveat that makes it difficult to create a national estimate from the results.Fact-Checking the Sunday Shows: Dec. 7
December 7, 2014
In the face of those statistics, these two non-indictments are glaring.First Mike Brown, Then Eric Garner: Prosecutors Can’t Be Trusted to Try Cops
December 3, 2014
Now Oakley is probably a town no different than scores of others in most ways, with one glaring exception.Small Town Keeps Cops Secret From...ISIS
October 23, 2014
"At present, there are no Latinos in the leadership of the Department of Justice, it's a glaring absence," he said.Obama's No-Win Attorney General Decision
October 10, 2014
"I say she shan't marry you," said Dick, glaring at the other.Viviette
William J. Locke
The light, in short, as his was, is too glaring to be borne.Clarissa, Volume 3 (of 9)
She stood out with absolute distinctness in the glaring light.The Cruise of the Dry Dock
T. S. Stribling
"There'll be somebody else as the chief identifier," said Bagley, glaring at Turl.The Mystery of Murray Davenport
Robert Neilson Stephens
He gathered hat and stick, glaring indignantly at each of them and then at us.Ruggles of Red Gap
Harry Leon Wilson
- conspicuousa glaring omission
- dazzling or garish
- (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
- an angry stare
- a dazzling light or brilliance
- garish ornamentation or appearance; gaudiness
- mainly US and Canadian smooth and glassyglare ice
Word Origin and History for glaring
late 14c., from present participle of glare. Meaning "obtrusively conspicuous" is from 1706.
late 13c., "shine brightly," from or related to Middle Dutch, Middle Low German glaren "to gleam," related by rhoticization to glas (see glass). Sense of "stare fiercely" is from late 14c. The noun is c.1400 in sense "bright light;" 1660s in sense of "fierce look." Old English glær (n.) meant "amber." Related: Glared; glaring.