[ gloh-ing ]
/ ˈgloʊ ɪŋ /


rich and warm in coloring: glowing colors.
showing the radiance of health, excitement, etc.: glowing cheeks.
warmly favorable or complimentary: a glowing account of her work.

Nearby words

  1. glow plug,
  2. glow-worm,
  3. glower,
  4. glowering,
  5. glowfly,
  6. glowingly,
  7. glowstick,
  8. glowworm,
  9. gloxinia,
  10. gloze

Origin of glowing

before 1000; Middle English glowynge, Old English glowende. See glow, -ing2

Related formsglow·ing·ly, adverbun·glow·ing, adjective


[ gloh ]
/ gloʊ /


verb (used without object)

Origin of glow

before 1000; Middle English glowen (v.), Old English glōwan; akin to German glühen, Old Norse glōa

Related formsout·glow, verb (used with object)un·der·glow, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for glowing


/ (ˈɡləʊɪŋ) /


emitting a steady bright light without flamesglowing embers
warm and rich in colourthe room was decorated in glowing shades of gold and orange
flushed and rosy, as from exercise or excitementglowing cheeks
displaying or indicative of extreme satisfaction, pride, or emotionhe gave a glowing account of his son's achievements
Derived Formsglowingly, adverb


/ (ɡləʊ) /


verb (intr)

Word Origin for glow

Old English glōwan; related to Old Norse glōa, Old High German gluoen, Icelandic glōra to sparkle

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Word Origin and History for glowing
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