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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).
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Glowr, Glour, v. Also: glower, glowir. [Of obscure origin. Not recorded in Eng. use before 1775.] intr. To stare with wide-open eyes; to gaze. Also quasi-trans. with out.(a) c1500-c1512 Dunb. Flyt. 176.
Lyke to ane stark theif glowrand [M. glowerand] in ane tedder
Id. xlix. 24.
On gallow treis Ȝitt dois he glowir [M. glowr]
a1540 Freiris Berw. 350.
He granit, and he glowrit, as he wer woid
1540 Lynd. Sat. 136.
He glowris, euin as he war agast
15.. Sym & Bruder 82.
With that the carle … Glowrit vp and gaf a glufe
1560 Rolland Seven S. 8180.
His ene thay glowrit, and als his face it swellit
a1605 Montg. Flyt. 419 (T).
Sum … glowrand [H. glowring] to the ground grivouslie gaipis
1597 Misc. Spald. C. I. 114.
Thow com in and said, ‘I sall gar thé for think it … ’, and glowrit wp to him
?1644 W. Guthrie Serm. (1709) 7 (J).
There the poor men stood, gazing and glowring out their eyne
(b) c1500-c1512 Dunb. lxxv. 19 (B).
as ane gaist I glour and grane
c1530-40 Stewart Bann. MS. 140 b/18.
Thay gaip, thay glour, thay grane
a1540 Freiris Berw. 354.
Vthir quhylis wald he glour and gaip
c1590 J. Stewart 95/579.
He gaips, he girns, he glours

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