Definition of glower
: to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger glowered at the noisy children in the library
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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
Recent Examples of glower from the Web
The shouty, perpetually glowering failed 2016 presidential candidate last seen standing behind Donald Trump and screaming internally after dropping out of the race and cravenly endorsing his former rival?
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As Ali recounted his professional past, Williams sat at the defense table, fingers laced in his lap, glowering in the direction of his onetime friend.
An abrupt beginning of glowering brass and rattled bows released into an interlacing texture of sliding harmonics, bowed metal and muted brass, the wind timbres mixing and refracting.
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In the photo Chris and Baughn are smiling gamely, and DeLogé is mugging, crossing her arms and glowering like a bank robber in a mug shot.
In the center of his living room stands a game bearing the glowering visage of a...
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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 and Etymology of glower
Middle English (Scots) glowren; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer
First Known Use: 15th centurySee Words from the same year
Definition of glower
: a sullen brooding look of annoyance or anger
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Definition of glower for English Language Learners
: to look at someone or something in an angry way
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