Definition of glower in English:


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Pronunciation: /ˈglaʊə


[no object]
  • Have an angry or sullen look on one’s face; scowl: she glowered at him suspiciously [as adjective]: (glowering) his father’s glowering face
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    • I glowered at him with angry tears of frustration shining in my eyes before I dropped my gaze and crossed my arms again.
    • Every time he was given out he gesticulated, frowned, glowered and stared at the umpires.
    • Her brow furrowed and her scorning frown deepened as she glowered at him angrily.
    scowl, glare, stare angrily, look daggers, frown, lour, give a someone black look, pull a face
    informal give someone a dirty look
    archaic glout
    Scottish archaic glunch


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  • An angry or sullen look: the angry glower on the face of the policeman
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    • My glower became a frown, and I folded my arms, leaning back against the couch.
    • It was an intemperate outburst, but even as he stamped out of the room with a dark glower, his inquisitors were breaking into smiles.
    • A faint smirk pulls at the corners of Alonzo's pale lips, but noticing it, he immediately replaces the smirk with yet another angry glower.
    scowl, glare, angry stare, frown, black look
    informal dirty look



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  • Koro brings up his granddaughter himself but inwardly resents the lack of a male descendant and gloweringly refuses to accept the obvious - that Paikea is the natural inheritor of his mantle.
  • But Frank seems gloweringly unconvinced by this spacey new amateur on the team, usurping his status as Roy's heir.
  • Upstairs there is the rather more rustic Hansi room, named after the Alsatian artist whose gloweringly Teutonic landscapes decorate its walls, and a series of other wood panelled salons and private rooms.


late 15th century: perhaps a Scots variant of synonymous dialect glore, or from obsolete glow 'to stare', both possibly of Scandinavian origin.

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