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.

Origin of glowing

before 1000; Middle English glowynge, Old English glowende. See glow, -ing2
Related formsglow·ing·ly, adverbun·glow·ing, adjective

Synonyms for glowing




a light emitted by or as if by a substance heated to luminosity; incandescence.
brightness of color.
a sensation or state of bodily heat.
a warm, ruddy color of the cheeks.
warmth of emotion or passion; ardor.

verb (used without object)

to emit bright light and heat without flame; become incandescent.
to shine like something intensely heated.
to exhibit a strong, bright color; be lustrously red or brilliant.
(of the cheeks) to exhibit a healthy, warm, ruddy color.
to become or feel very warm or hot.
to show emotion or elation: to glow with pride.

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

Synonyms for glow Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for glowing

Contemporary Examples of glowing

Historical Examples of glowing

  • Reassured, he drew out an electric torch and set it glowing.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Her eyes were glowing with even more than their usual lusters.

    Within the Law

    Marvin Dana

  • Now the whole Cathedral was glowing with a reddish yellow light.

    The Dream

    Emile Zola

  • When she came in her cheeks were glowing from her run in the frosty air.

    The Little Colonel

    Annie Fellows Johnston

  • The sun was down, and the sky was a great, glowing mass of color.

    Good Indian

    B. M. Bower

British Dictionary definitions for glowing



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



light emitted by a substance or object at a high temperature
a steady even light without flames
brilliance or vividness of colour
brightness or ruddiness of complexion
a feeling of wellbeing or satisfaction
intensity of emotion; ardour

verb (intr)

to emit a steady even light without flames
to shine intensely, as if from great heat
to be exuberant or high-spirited, as from excellent health or intense emotion
to experience a feeling of wellbeing or satisfactionto glow with pride
(esp of the complexion) to show a strong bright colour, esp a shade of red
to be very hot

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



mid-15c., from glow (v).



Old English glowan "to glow, shine as if red-hot," from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (cf. Old Saxon gloian, Old Frisian gled "glow, blaze," Old Norse gloa, Old High German gluoen, German glühen "to glow"), from PIE *ghel- (see glass). Figuratively from late 14c. Related: Glowed; glowing.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper