Definition of lour in English:


(also lower)


  • 1 Look angry or sullen; scowl.

    ‘the lofty statue lours at patients in the infirmary’
    • ‘When she is woken by the kiss, she silently expresses anger, just louring at him.’
    • ‘He sat louring at the landscape as it slid past the window.’
    • ‘He said nothing, only loured at me from the doorway.’
    scowl, frown, look sullen, glower, glare, grimace, give someone black looks, look daggers, look angry
    give someone dirty looks
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    1. 1.1(of the sky or landscape) look dark and threatening.
      • ‘The sea is churning and the sky is louring, so buckets and spades are out of the question.’
      • ‘The following morning, the sort of black cloud that lours over Mordor had swallowed the Cairngorm massif completely and a bitter wind kept the punters away.’
      overcast, dark, leaden, grey, cloudy, clouded, sunless, gloomy, threatening, menacing, promising rain
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  • 1A scowl.

    1. 1.1A dark and gloomy appearance of the sky or landscape.


Middle English: of unknown origin.