glower

verb
glow·​er | \ ˈglau̇(-ə)r How to pronounce glower (audio) , nonstandard ˈglō(-ə)r How to pronounce glower (audio) \
glowered; glowering; glowers

Definition of glower

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

: to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger glowered at the noisy children in the library

glower

noun

Definition of glower (Entry 2 of 2)

: a sullen brooding look of annoyance or anger

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Synonyms & Antonyms for glower

Synonyms: Verb

frown, glare, gloom, lower (also lour), scowl

Antonyms: Verb

beam, grin, smile

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Verb

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."

Examples of glower in a Sentence

Verb

The librarian glowered at us when she heard us laughing. baseball fans glowering at their TVs as they watched their favorite team lose

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The region’s weather picture is changing dramatically Tuesday with sunshine being replaced by glowering clouds heralding thunderstorms, possible localized flooding, and heavy rains especially in southeastern Massachusetts and Rhode Island. John R. Ellement, BostonGlobe.com, "Heavy rains across region, especially in Bristol and Plymouth counties and Newport, R.I.," 13 Aug. 2019 Mark is convinced that one of the Harga men, who’s glowering at him across the way, is going to kill him for pissing on the ancestral tree. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Midsommar’s twisted ending, explained," 3 July 2019 Whether glowering with rage or segueing expertly from berating his staff to giving them a pep talk, Crowe's version of Ailes fills in the blanks of a script that is more detail-heavy than illuminating. Julie Hinds, Detroit Free Press, "Showtime's 'Loudest Voice' falls short by giving Roger Ailes too much of a bully pulpit," 28 June 2019 Crowe does his level best, but the Oscar-winning actor is fighting through layers of silicone to even smile, glower or laugh. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: Showtime's Fox News, Roger Ailes series 'The Loudest Voice' will shock and horrify," 28 June 2019 When a reporter asked organizers about the possibility of rain, the response was glowering stares. David Waldstein, New York Times, "‘Hot Dogs! Cold Beer!’ M.L.B. Will Bring the Familiar to London Stadium," 27 June 2019 As the torrent of verbiage washed over the hearing room, fellow Democratic Senator Patrick Leahy could only glower at Biden in impotent frustration. Andrew Cockburn, Harper's magazine, "No Joe!," 10 June 2019 Ellis has a switch that takes him from smiling nice guy to glowering gamer with an intensity that causes teammates to tease him about it — and also steer clear at times. Kevin Acee, sandiegouniontribune.com, "A.J. Ellis shows what it takes for Padres," 7 July 2018 The railwaymen glowered motionlessly, awaiting strong tea, awaiting death, seeing death before them, not interfering. Josephine Livingstone, The New Republic, "Weird Fiction Is Alive," 7 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The shooting, with Oswald’s pained grimace and Mr. Leavelle’s stricken glower, was chillingly captured by Robert H. Jackson of The Dallas Times Herald in an iconic photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. Ralph Blumenthal, BostonGlobe.com, "James R. Leavelle, detective at Lee Harvey Oswald’s side, dies at 99," 30 Aug. 2019 The shooting, with Mr. Oswald’s pained grimace and Detective Leavelle’s stricken glower, was chillingly captured by Robert H. Jackson of The Dallas Times Herald in an iconic photograph that won the Pulitzer Prize the following year. New York Times, "James R. Leavelle, Detective at Lee Harvey Oswald’s Side, Dies at 99," 29 Aug. 2019 In 2017 the number of cars entering America from Canada dipped, even though the Canadian dollar strengthened, a sign that Mr Trump’s glower was putting off some. The Economist, "Foreign policyCanada is feeling lonely, but its place internationally is still strong," 25 July 2019 As Cyclops, Tye Sheridan looks dumbfounded; as Storm, Alexandra Shipp glowers. Peter Rubin, WIRED, "Goodbye X-Men—You Flawed, Frustrating Cinematic Revolution," 7 June 2019 Chazz Palminteri plays Patriarca, with his hooded eyes and glower. Amanda Milkovits, BostonGlobe.com, "And now, a film about the other big New England heist," 7 June 2019 But in the next village, the intense glowers begin anew. Christopher Bagley, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Bewitching Time Warp of Transylvania, Romania," 4 May 2018 Meanwhile, the eyes in between are capable of widening in pure glee or narrowing into a coy, sinister glower, depending on what’s asked of them. Caroline Framke, Vox, "Barry is not the Bill Hader comedy you might expect. It’s way more interesting.," 23 Mar. 2018 When Aaron spins Zoey around on the dance floor, Luca glowers in the corner with a bottle of champagne. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "Grown-ish Season 1, Episode 12 Recap: "Crew Love"," 22 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of glower

Verb

15th century, in the meaning defined above

Noun

1715, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for glower

Verb and Noun

Middle English (Scots) glowren; akin to Middle Low German glūren to be overcast, Middle Dutch gloeren to leer

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glower

verb

English Language Learners Definition of glower

: to look at someone or something in an angry way

glower

verb
glow·​er | \ ˈglau̇-ər How to pronounce glower (audio) \
glowered; glowering

Kids Definition of glower

: to stare angrily : scowl

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