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[glou-er] /ˈglaʊ ər/
verb (used without object)
to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger.
1350-1400; Middle English (Scots) glowren to glower; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer
Related forms
gloweringly, adverb
unglowering, adjective
ungloweringly, adverb
1. See glare1 . Unabridged
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Examples for glower
  • His fixed expression is a worried frown that shades into an ominous glower.
  • They both glower at first and make a predictably odd couple.
  • The entire ninth grade turned to glower at us three.
  • Her stony glower and harsh good looks set off a different and decidedly kinky jangle.
  • Sallow clowns with red noses glower under peaked hats, symbols of humiliation.
  • For the athletes, a glower is scarier than a smile, so the frowners appear bigger.
  • Granite-gray mountain peaks glower at travelers, who gape in helpless awe at the land's stone-cold beauty.
  • For instance, some people rise and shine while others rise and glower.
British Dictionary definitions for glower


(intransitive) to stare hard and angrily
a sullen or angry stare
Derived Forms
gloweringly, adverb
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Middle Low German glūren to watch
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Word Origin and History for glower
1500, "to stare with wide eyes," from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norw. dial. glora "to glow"), from P.Gmc. base *glo-, root of O.E. glowan "to glow," which infl. the spelling. Meaning "to look angrily, scowl" is first recorded 1775.
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