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From Middle English lour (sad or frowning countenance), louren (to frown or scowl; to be dark or overcast; look askant, mistrust; wither, fade, droop; lurk, skulk), Old English lowren, luren. Compare Dutch loeren, German lauern (lurk, be on the watch), and English leer and lurk.



lour (third-person singular simple present lours, present participle louring, simple past and past participle loured)

  1. (intransitive) To be dark, gloomy, and threatening, as clouds; to be covered with dark and threatening clouds, as the sky; to show threatening signs of approach, as a tempest.
    • 1623 [1593], William Shakespeare, Richard III (First Folio), act I, scene i
      And all the clouds that lowr'd vpon our houſe
    • 1922, A. E. Housman, Last Poems, IX, lines 21-22
      If here to-day the cloud of thunder lours
      To-morrow it will hie on far behests;
    • 1891, Euripides, E. P. Coleridge, editor, The Phoenissae[1]:
      Seek to be prosperous; once let fortune lour, and the aid supplied by friends is naught.
    • 1818, Mary Shelley, “Six”, in Frankenstein[2]:
      The sun might shine, or the clouds might lour; but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before.
    • 2007 March 29,, “Gordon Brown Meets the Ten Year Olds”, in Dale's Diary[3], retrieved 2012-07-23:
      … the appalling burden of public service inflation-proof pensions that will lour over our children and grandchildren.
  2. (intransitive) To frown; to look sullen.
    • (Can we date this quote?) John Dryden:
      But sullen discontent sat lowering on her face.

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lour m, f

  1. their (third-person plural possessive pronoun)