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[louuh r-ing, lou-er-]
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  1. lowering.
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[louuh r, lou-er]
verb (used without object), noun
  1. lower2.
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Historical Examples

  • Thumb's eyes gladdened, but his face looked black and louring.

    The Three Mulla-mulgars

    Walter De La Mare

  • Dark and louring was the frown which the angry chief cast upon his prisoner.

    The Prairie-Bird

    Charles Augustus Murray

  • A cool breath drifted straight out of the sultry, louring clouds; a few drops pattered upon the leaves.

    The Later Life

    Louis Couperus

  • It was now late in the evening; the sun had set, and dark, louring clouds were hanging over the horizon to the westward.

  • Some hailstones fell on board about this time, and the clouds looked exceedingly black and louring above us.

British Dictionary definitions for louring



  1. a variant spelling of lower 2
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Derived Formslouring or lowering, adjectivelouringly or loweringly, adverb
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Word Origin and History for louring



"to frown," late 13c. variant of lower (v.2). Related: Loured; louring.

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