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From glow +‎ up, modelled after grow up.


glow-up (plural glow-ups)

  1. (slang) A major and impressive transformation in appearance, talent, power, etc.
    • 2017, Vicky Pattison, My Sister's Wedding, →ISBN:
      I recognised this in college, before he got his teeth done, before he got the tan and the #confidence and the style, back when he was obsessed with Eminem and had terrible bleached hair. I bagged him as my bestie nice and early, before his uber glow-up.
    • 2018, Hannah Jewell, She Caused a Riot: 100 Unknown Women Who Built Cities, Sparked Revolutions, and Massively Crushed It, unnumbered page:
      Let us now marvel at a lady who achieved one of the most impressive glow ups in the thousand-plus-years history of the Byzantine Empire: Empress Theodora.
    • 2020, Sarah Bahr, "Powerful Women Of Newfields", Newfields, Spring 2020, page 8:
      As the country's foremost fountain fashioner in the early 20th century, this Hoosier gave the gardens of wealthy Americans their glow-ups.
    • For more quotations using this term, see Citations:glow-up.