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From Middle English glaren, from Old English glærian, from Proto-West Germanic *glāʀōn. Cognate with dialectal Middle Dutch glariën (to glisten; sparkle), Low German glaren (to shine brightly; glow; burn), Middle High German glaren (to shine brightly). Related to glower, glass.



glare (countable and uncountable, plural glares)

  1. (uncountable) An intense, blinding light.
  2. Showy brilliance; gaudiness.
  3. An angry or fierce stare.
  4. (telephony) A call collision; the situation where an incoming call occurs at the same time as an outgoing call.
  5. (US) A smooth, bright, glassy surface.
    a glare of ice
  6. A viscous, transparent substance; glair.

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glare (third-person singular simple present glares, present participle glaring, simple past and past participle glared)

  1. (intransitive) To stare angrily.
    He walked in late, with the teacher glaring at him the whole time.
  2. (intransitive) To shine brightly.
    The sun glared down on the desert sand.
    • 1697, Virgil, “(please specify the book number)”, in John Dryden, transl., The Works of Virgil: Containing His Pastorals, Georgics, and Æneis. [], London: [] Jacob Tonson, [], →OCLC:
      The cavern glares with new-admitted light.
  3. (intransitive) To be bright and intense, or ostentatiously splendid.
    • 18th century, Alexander Pope, Epistle V to Miss Blount
      She glares in balls, front boxes, and the ring.
  4. (transitive) To shoot out, or emit, as a dazzling light.

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glare (comparative more glare, superlative most glare)

  1. (US, of ice) smooth and bright or translucent; glary
    skating on glare ice




From Old Irish glór.


glare f (genitive singular glare, plural glaraghyn)

  1. speech
  2. language, parlance
  3. utterance

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Manx mutation
Radical Lenition Eclipsis
glare ghlare nglare
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.