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Etymology 1[edit]

From an alteration of glore, from Middle English gloren (to glower; glare). Cognate with German Low German gloren (to glimmer; flicker). More at glare.

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glower (third-person singular simple present glowers, present participle glowering, simple past and past participle glowered)

  1. (intransitive) To look or stare with anger.
    • 2017 July 7, Ignatiy Vishnevetsky, “The ambitious War For The Planet Of The Apes ends up surrendering to formula”, in The Onion AV Club[1]:
      a less interesting character here than in the previous two films, Caesar glowers through the movie, as though aware that he has been condemned to a script that is rushing to clear the stage for the straightforward Planet Of The Apes remake first teased in Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes.
    • 1917, Thomas Sigismund Stribling, The Cruise of the Dry Dock
      This soothed the irascible fellow somewhat. Still glowering, he spraddled out of the cabin with the boys after him, and presently indicated one of the small temporary cabins with a jerk of his thumb.
    • 1864,Sheridan Le Fanu, Wylder's Hand
      At sight of this castle or cottage in the air, Rachel lighted up. The little whim had something tranquillising and balmy. It was escape—flight from Gylingden—flight from Brandon—flight from Redman's Farm: they and all their hated associations would be far behind, and that awful page in her story, not torn out, indeed, but gummed down as it were, and no longer glaring and glowering in her eyes every moment of her waking life.


glower (plural glowers)

  1. An angry stare or glare.
    She sure has an awful glower on her face.

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Etymology 2[edit]

glow +‎ -er


glower (plural glowers)

  1. That which glows or emits light.
    • 2013, Mikaél’ A. Bramson, Infrared Radiation: A Handbook for Applications, page 274:
      Table 45 presents computed relative and absolute values for the spectral radiant emittance of a Nernst glower at T = 1965 and 2000°K (the corresponding emissivities are 0.427 and 0.438).