From Middle English glopnen, from Old Norse glúpna (“to frighten, grieve, look downcast”), from Proto-Germanic *glupnōną (“to frighten, cause to stare”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghlub(h)- (“to yawn, gape”). Cognate with Icelandic glúpna (“to put to shame”). More at glope.
- (intransitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To be in fear; gaze in alarm or astonishment; look downcast
1848, Elizabeth Gaskell, Mary Barton, HTML edition, The Gutenberg Project, published 2000:
- "O Job! if you will help me," exclaimed Mary, brightening up (though it was but a wintry gleam after all), "tell me what to say, when they question me; I shall be so gloppened,* I shan't know what to answer." / *Gloppened; terrified.
- (transitive, Britain dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To terrify; astonish; surprise.