verb (used without object)

Origin of glow

before 1000; Middle English glowen (v.), Old English glōwan; akin to German glühen, Old Norse glōa
Related formsout·glow, verb (used with object)un·der·glow, noun

Synonyms for glow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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light emitted by a substance or object at a high temperature
a steady even light without flames
brilliance or vividness of colour
brightness or ruddiness of complexion
a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction
intensity of emotion; ardour

verb (intr)

to emit a steady even light without flames
to shine intensely, as if from great heat
to be exuberant or high-spirited, as from excellent health or intense emotion
to experience a feeling of wellbeing or satisfactionto glow with pride
(esp of the complexion) to show a strong bright colour, esp a shade of red
to be very hot

Word Origin for glow

Old English glōwan; related to Old Norse glōa, Old High German gluoen, Icelandic glōra to sparkle
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Word Origin and History for glow

Old English glowan "to glow, shine as if red-hot," from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (cf. Old Saxon gloian, Old Frisian gled "glow, blaze," Old Norse gloa, Old High German gluoen, German glühen "to glow"), from PIE *ghel- (see glass). Figuratively from late 14c. Related: Glowed; glowing.


mid-15c., from glow (v).

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