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

Examples from the Web for glowered

Historical Examples of glowered

  • He glowered at his fate, and tugged his tawny moustache for some time in silence.


    William J. Locke

  • Dick glowered sullenly at the wall and tugged his great moustache.


    William J. Locke

  • He arose and came around the desk, so that he stood close to Garson, at whom he glowered.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • He glowered at her as at a scout of the enemy, but she did not mind that.

    The Manxman

    Hall Caine

  • Sir John glowered upon him a moment from the poop, considering.

    The Sea-Hawk

    Raphael Sabatini

British Dictionary definitions for glowered



(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 glowered



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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