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

Examples from the Web for gloze

Historical Examples of gloze

  • Any attempt to gloze the situation, he felt, would be futile.

    The Black Bag

    Louis Joseph Vance

  • You see, gloze it over as they may, one thing is clear, it is finished with England.


    Benjamin Disraeli

  • I would not gloze my crime, nor do I know How to address your worships.

    The Scarlet Stigma

    James Edgar Smith

  • He knew his father never cared for him, though his mother tried her best to gloze over the indifference of her husband.

    Garrison's Finish

    W. B. M. Ferguson

  • At dark the old man lit two lamps, which served dimly to gloze the shadows, and thrust logs of wood into the cast-iron stove.

    The Blazed Trail

    Stewart Edward White

British Dictionary definitions for gloze



(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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