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lowering

[ lou-er-ing, louuh r-ing ]
/ ˈlaʊ ər ɪŋ, ˈlaʊər ɪŋ /
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adjective

dark and threatening, as the sky, clouds, or weather; overcast; gloomy: lowering skies.
frowning or sullen, as the face or gaze; scowling; angry.

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RELATED WORDS

menacing, heavy, overcast, gloomy, ominous

Nearby words

lower-case, lower-case letters, lower-class, lowercase, lowerclassman, lowering, loweringly, lowermost, lowery, lowes, lowest
Also louring.

Origin of lowering

First recorded in 1300–50, lowering is from the Middle English word louring. See lower2, -ing2
Related formslow·er·ing·ly, adverb

Definition for lowering (2 of 3)

Origin of lower

1
1150–1200; Middle English, comparative of low1 (adj.)
SYNONYMS FOR lower
Related formslow·er·a·ble, adjective

Definition for lowering (3 of 3)

lower

2
[ lou-er, louuhr ]
/ ˈlaʊ ər, laʊər /

verb (used without object)

to be dark and threatening, as the sky or the weather.
to frown, scowl, or look sullen; glower: He lowers at people when he's in a bad mood.

noun

a dark, threatening appearance, as of the sky or weather.
a frown or scowl.
Also lour.

Origin of lower

2
1250–1300; Middle English lour (noun), louren (v.) to frown, lurk; akin to German lauern, Dutch loeren
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British Dictionary definitions for lowering (1 of 2)

lower

1
/ (ˈləʊə) /

adjective

verb

Derived Formslowerable, adjective

Word Origin for lower

C12 (comparative of low 1); C17 (vb)

British Dictionary definitions for lowering (2 of 2)

lower

2

lour

/ (ˈlaʊə) /

verb (intr)

(esp of the sky, weather, etc) to be overcast, dark, and menacing
to scowl or frown

noun

a menacing scowl or appearance
Derived Formslowering or louring, adjectiveloweringly or louringly, adverb
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Science definitions for lowering

lower

[ lōər ]

Being an earlier division of the geological or archaeological period named. Compare upper.
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