Word of the Day : August 2, 2016


verb GLOUR


: to look or stare with sullen annoyance or anger

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."


Kelly glowered at me after I sided with Brenda in their dispute about the chores.

"Outside the subway stop, he glowered for each photo, then bade each of his fans farewell with a stately handshake. He never spoke a word." — Steven Borowiec, The Orlando (Florida) Sentinel, 1 May 2016

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Fill in the blank in the following sentence from our July 5th Word of the Day: "The warm air and clear, dark skies made for __________ conditions for the fireworks show." [Hint: The word can also mean "very well suited or expressed."]



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