verb \ˈgler\

: to shine with a harsh, bright light

: to look directly at someone in an angry way


Full Definition of GLARE

intransitive verb
a :  to shine with a harsh uncomfortably brilliant light
b :  stand out, obtrude
:  to stare angrily or fiercely
transitive verb
:  to express (as hostility) by staring angrily
archaic :  to cause to be sharply reflected

Examples of GLARE

  1. The sun glared down relentlessly.
  2. The white snow glared in the morning sunlight.
  3. The teacher glared at him as he walked in late.

Origin of GLARE

Middle English glaren; akin to Old English glæs glass
First Known Use: 13th century



: a harsh, bright light

: an angry look

Full Definition of GLARE

a :  a harsh uncomfortably bright light <the glare of a neon sign> <the glare of publicity>; especially :  painfully bright sunlight
b :  cheap showy brilliance :  garishness
:  an angry or fierce stare
:  a surface or sheet of smooth and slippery ice

Examples of GLARE

  1. There was a glare coming off the water.
  2. I was blinded by the glare of the approaching headlights.
  3. I shielded my eyes from the glare of the sun.
  4. The car's headlights are designed to cut down on glare.
  5. She responded to the reporters' questions with an angry glare.

First Known Use of GLARE

15th century


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