- to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
- a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
Origin of glower
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Examples from the Web for glowering
Bobby was glowering at the audience and grumbling into Sally's ear.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
He paused, glowering down at her as if she, too, were white enough to hate.The Bondwoman
Marah Ellis Ryan
"You're the man I saw at Heyler's," she said, glowering at him.The Green Rust
He rose with extraordinary agility and leant over, glowering at the girl.Jack O' Judgment
He paused for an answer, glowering at her; and she shrank, trembling, against the door.Bob, Son of Battle
- (intr) to stare hard and angrily
- a sullen or angry stare
Word Origin and History for glowering
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.