[ glou-er ]
/ ˈglaʊ ər /

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 forms

glow·er·ing·ly, adverbun·glow·er·ing, adjectiveun·glow·er·ing·ly, adverb Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glowering


/ (ˈɡlaʊə) /


(intr) to stare hard and angrily


a sullen or angry stare

Derived Forms

gloweringly, adverb

Word Origin for glower

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