glower (v.) mid-14c., "to shine;" c.1500, "to stare with wide eyes," perhaps from a Scandinavian source (Cf. Norw. dialectal glora "to glow"), from P.Gmc. base *glo- (see GLOW (Cf. glow)), root of O.E. glowan "to glow," which influenced the spelling. Or perhaps related to M.Du. gluren "to leer." Meaning "to look angrily, scowl" is first recorded 1775. Related: Glowered; glowering. As a noun, 1715, from the verb.

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  • Glower — Glow er, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Glowered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Glowering}.] [Cf. {Gloar}.] to look intently; to stare angrily or with a scowl. Thackeray. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • glower — vb lower, *frown, scowl, gloom Analogous words: glare, stare (see GAZE): watch, look (see SEE) Contrasted words: grin, *smile, smirk …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • glower — [v] frown glare, gloom, look, look daggers*, lower, scowl, stare, sulk, watch; concept 623 Ant. grin, smile …   New thesaurus

  • glower — ► VERB ▪ have an angry or sullen look on one s face; scowl. ► NOUN ▪ an angry or sullen look. ORIGIN perhaps a Scots variant of dialect glore, or from obsolete glow to stare , both possibly Scandinavian …   English terms dictionary

  • glower — [glou′ər] vi. [ME glouren, var. of gloren, prob. < ON, as in Norw dial. glōra, Swed dial. glora, to stare, gape < IE * ĝhlōu < base * ĝhel : see GLOW] to stare with sullen anger; scowl n. a sullen, angry stare; scowl glowering adj.… …   English World dictionary

  • glower — UK [ˈɡlaʊə(r)] / US [ˈɡlaʊr] verb [intransitive] Word forms glower : present tense I/you/we/they glower he/she/it glowers present participle glowering past tense glowered past participle glowered to look angrily at someone Derived word: glower UK …   English dictionary

  • glower — 1. verb /ˈɡlaʊ.ə(r)/ To look or stare with anger. He must be really angry, just look at him glower. 2. noun /ˈɡlaʊ.ə(r)/ An angry stare or glare …   Wiktionary

  • glower — glow|er [ˈglauə US ər] v [Date: 1400 1500; Origin: Probably from a [i]Scandinavian language] to look at someone in an angry way = ↑glare glower at ▪ She glowered at him disapprovingly. >glower n …   Dictionary of contemporary English

  • glower — gloweringly, adv. /glow euhr/, v.i. 1. to look or stare with sullen dislike, discontent, or anger. n. 2. a look of sullen dislike, discontent, or anger. [1350 1400; ME (Scots) glowren to glower; akin to MLG gluren to be overcast, MD gloeren to… …   Universalium

  • glower — v. (D; intr.) to glower at …   Combinatory dictionary

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