[ glou-er ]
See synonyms for: glowerglowering on

verb (used without object)
  1. to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.

  1. a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.

Origin of glower

First recorded in 1350–1400; Middle English (Scots ) glowren “to glower”; akin to Middle Low German glūren “to be overcast,” Middle Dutch gloeren “to leer”

synonym study For glower

1. See glare1.

Other words from glower

  • glow·er·ing·ly, adverb
  • un·glow·er·ing, adjective
  • un·glow·er·ing·ly, adverb

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How to use glower in a sentence

  • "I guess we can stand it if you can," Mollie responded lightly, which only caused him to glower the more.

  • Old Jimmie shrank slightly before Larry's glower, and his little eyes gleamed with the fear of a rat that is cornered.

  • The Prince was there, too, and it was lots of fun to see him glower at the other men.

    Polly the Pagan | Isabel Anderson
  • And there's a headless man stalks up and down the path and skeletons glower at you between the boughs.

    Anne Of Green Gables | Lucy Maud Montgomery
  • When my neighbor's elbow injects itself into the small of my back, I twist around and glower at him.

British Dictionary definitions for glower


/ (ˈɡlaʊə) /

  1. (intr) to stare hard and angrily

  1. a sullen or angry stare

Origin of glower

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Middle Low German glūren to watch

Derived forms of glower

  • gloweringly, adverb

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