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glower

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verb glow·er \ ˈglau̇(-ə)r , nonstandard ˈglō(-ə)r \

Definition of glower

intransitive verb
: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

  1. The librarian glowered at us when she heard us laughing.

  2. baseball fans glowering at their TVs as they watched their favorite team lose

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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

glower Synonyms

Synonyms
glare, gloom, frown, lower (also lour), scowl
Antonyms
beam, grin, smile
Related Words
gape, gaze, ogle, stare; grimace, pout, sulk; growl, snarl, sneer, snigger

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glower

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Definition of glower

:a sullen brooding look of annoyance or anger

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Origin and Etymology of glower


GLOWER Defined for English Language Learners

glower

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verb

Definition of glower for English Language Learners

  • : to look at someone or something in an angry way


GLOWER Defined for Kids

glower

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verb glow·er \ ˈglau̇-ər \

Definition of glower for Students

glowered; glowering
:to stare angrily :scowl


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