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  1. a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity; incandescence.
  2. brightness of color.
  3. a sensation or state of bodily heat.
  4. a warm, ruddy color of the cheeks.
  5. warmth of emotion or passion; ardor.
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verb (used without object)
  1. to emit bright light and heat without flame; become incandescent.
  2. to shine like something intensely heated.
  3. to exhibit a strong, bright color; be lustrously red or brilliant.
  4. (of the cheeks) to exhibit a healthy, warm, ruddy color.
  5. to become or feel very warm or hot.
  6. to show emotion or elation: to glow with pride.
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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

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Related Words for glowed

shine, glisten, twinkle, gleam, flare, flush, brighten, blaze, glimmer, smolder, glitter, pink, ignite, thrill, mantle, color, light, rouge, blare, tingle

Examples from the Web for glowed

Contemporary Examples of glowed

Historical Examples of glowed

  • Viviette had told Austin the thing that glowed sacred at the bottom of his soul.


    William J. Locke

  • "No, I can trust my boys, I hope," and she glowed with real pride in them when she said it.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

  • Hers were ice cold—but inside they tingled and glowed, like a worm of fire in a chrysalis of ice.

  • The face of Paul glowed like fire, and he almost gasped for breath.

    Homeward Bound

    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He knew the reason now, and glowed with a fiery lust of battle.

    A Spirit in Prison

    Robert Hichens

British Dictionary definitions for glowed


  1. light emitted by a substance or object at a high temperature
  2. a steady even light without flames
  3. brilliance or vividness of colour
  4. brightness or ruddiness of complexion
  5. a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction
  6. intensity of emotion; ardour
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verb (intr)
  1. to emit a steady even light without flames
  2. to shine intensely, as if from great heat
  3. to be exuberant or high-spirited, as from excellent health or intense emotion
  4. to experience a feeling of wellbeing or satisfactionto glow with pride
  5. (esp of the complexion) to show a strong bright colour, esp a shade of red
  6. to be very hot
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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 glowed



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

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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.

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