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From Middle English glaren, from Old English glærian, from Proto-Germanic *glēzāną. 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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      the frame of burnished steel that cast a glare
  2. Showy brilliance; gaudiness.
  3. An angry or fierce stare.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      About them round, / A lion now he stalks with fiery glare.
  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.



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.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Byron
      an eye that scorcheth all it glares upon
  2. (intransitive) To shine brightly.
    The sun glared down on the desert sand.
    • (Can we date this quote?) Dryden
      The cavern glares with new-admitted light.
  3. To be bright and intense, or ostentatiously splendid.
  4. (transitive) To shoot out, or emit, as a dazzling light.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Milton
      Every eye glared lightning, and shot forth pernicious fire.

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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.