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gloze (plural glozes)

  1. A comment in the margin.
  2. Flattery.
  3. False appearance.
  4. A specious show, a deceit.


gloze (third-person singular simple present glozes, present participle glozing, simple past and past participle glozed)

  1. To extenuate, explain away, gloss over.
    • 1977, Geoffrey Chaucer, The Canterbury Tales, Penguin Classics, p. 279:
      Of what were generative organs made? / And for what profit were those creatures wrought? / [...] / Gloze as you will and plead the explanation / That they were only made for the purgation / Of urine, little things of no avail / Except to know a female from a male / [...].
    • 1978: On a rock orchid, the roundness and gloze / Of a lapith's bum! — Peter Porter, from 'Piero di Cosimo on the Shoalhaven' in The Cost of Seriousness, 1978
    • William Shakespeare & Anonymous; Pericles, Prince of Tyre:
      Heaven, that I had thy head! he has found the meaning:
      But I will gloze with him. — Young prince of Tyre.
  2. To smooth over; to palliate.
    • I. Taylor
      By glozing the evil that is in the world.