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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.
Origin of glower
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 from the web for glowering
  • glowering archenemies and their hunchbacked henchmen.
  • There was much silent glowering between the two principals and lusty vituperation between their lieutenants.
  • Another piece, depicting an owl, disturbed them by seeming to stare with one glowering eye.
  • The superpowers used the intervening years to build their nuclear stockpiles and menace each other, glowering across a distance.
  • Pumpkins are carved into glowering jack-o'-lanterns.
  • In the roadhouses and gas stations in which they stop, the glowering ruddy-faced patrons glare at them in silent contempt.
  • glowering with a lupine ferocity, he is already involved in petty theft and talks continually about making a quick buck.
British Dictionary definitions for glowering


(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 glowering



mid-14c., "to shine;" c.1500, "to stare with wide eyes," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian dialectal glora "to glow"), from Proto-Germanic base *glo- (see glow (v.)), root of Old English glowan "to glow," which influenced the spelling. Or perhaps related to Middle Dutch gluren "to leer." Meaning "to look angrily, scowl" is first recorded 1775. Related: Glowered; glowering. As a noun, 1715, from the verb.

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