[ glohz ]
/ gloʊz /

verb (used with object), glozed, gloz·ing.

to explain away; extenuate; gloss over (usually followed by over).

verb (used without object), glozed, gloz·ing.

Archaic. to make glosses; comment.


Archaic. flattery or deceit.
Obsolete. a specious show.

Origin of gloze

1250–1300; Middle English < Old French gloser < Medieval Latin glossāre; see gloss2

Related forms

gloz·ing·ly, adverbun·glozed, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for gloze


/ (ɡləʊz) archaic /


(tr often foll by over) to explain away; minimize the effect or importance of
to make explanatory notes or glosses on (a text)
to use flattery (on)


flattery or deceit
an explanatory note or gloss
specious or deceptive talk or action

Word Origin for gloze

C13: from Old French glosser to comment; see gloss ²
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