Simple Definition of glower
: to look at someone or something in an angry way
Full Definition of glower
: to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger
Examples of glower in a sentence
The librarian glowered at us when she heard us laughing.
<baseball fans glowering at their TVs as they watched their favorite team lose>
Did You Know?
Do words of uncertain origin make you scowl? If so, "glower" may put a frown on your face, because only part of its history can be validated. The well-established part of its story leads us to Scotland, where "glower" (or "glowren," to use the older Scottish form of the word) has been used since the late Middle Ages. Originally, the word meant simply "to look intently" or "to stare in amazement," but by the late 1700s, glowering stares were being associated with anger instead of astonishment. Beyond that, however, the history of the word is murky. The most we can say is that "glower" is a distant relative of Middle Low German glŪren, which means "to be overcast," and of Middle Dutch gloeren, meaning "to leer."
Origin of glower
Middle English (Scots) glowren; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer
First Known Use: 15th century
Definition of glower
: a sullen brooding look of annoyance or anger
First Known Use of glower
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