verb (used without object)

to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.


a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.

Origin of glower

1350–1400; Middle English (Scots) glowren to glower; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer
Related formsglow·er·ing·ly, adverbun·glow·er·ing, adjectiveun·glow·er·ing·ly, adverb

Synonyms for glower

1. See glare1. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for glower

scowl, stare, gloom, lower, glare, look, watch, sulk

Examples from the Web for glower

Historical Examples of glower

  • The judge leaned forward to glower at the older of the two prisoners.

    The Arrow of Fire

    Roy J. Snell

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

    Polly the Pagan

    Isabel Anderson

  • "Nothing which need make you glower at me like that," defiantly.

    The Trail of Conflict

    Emilie Baker Loring

  • To glower at her as usual in the Strand if she passed him with young Ellerton.

  • Aye, you may turn red and white and glower at me—I know what I'm talking about.

    Leonore Stubbs

    L. B. Walford

British Dictionary definitions for glower



(intr) to stare hard and angrily


a sullen or angry stare
Derived Formsgloweringly, adverb

Word Origin for glower

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Middle Low German glūren to watch
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Word Origin and History for glower

mid-14c., "to shine;" c.1500, "to stare with wide eyes," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal glora "to glow"), from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (see glow (v.)), root of Old English glowan "to glow," which influenced the spelling. Or perhaps related to Middle Dutch gluren "to leer." Meaning "to look angrily, scowl" is first recorded 1775. Related: Glowered; glowering. As a noun, 1715, from the verb.

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