Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day (prettygoodword) wrote in 1word1day,
Larry's Pretty Good Word of the Day
prettygoodword
1word1day

lour

lour or lower (LOU-er) - v.i., (of sky, weather, etc.) to be overcast, dark, and threatening; to frown, scowl, look sullen. n., a menacing scowl.


I realized that I keep reaching for long impressive words here, when there's some perfectly lovely short words to be used. Not that the meaning of this is lovely, but the word itself is. So -- this is an old one, attested in the 13th century in the spelling louren, meaning to scowl and to lurk, of origin obscure but there are several Germanic cognates.

The sky this morning loured heavily enough the dawn was almost colorless.

(True statement, except that it as of writing it should be present tense.)

---L.
Tags: english, l, noun, verb
Subscribe

  • Tuesday word: Solace

    Tuesday, Jul. 27, 2021 Solace (noun, verb) sol·ace [sol-is] noun Also called sol·ace·ment. 1. comfort in sorrow, misfortune, or trouble;…

  • Sunday Word: Saltings

    saltings [ sawlt-ings] noun: (British English) areas of low ground regularly inundated with salt water, often taken to include their…

  • Tuesday word: Criterion

    Tuesday, July 20, 2021 Criterion (noun) cri·te·ri·on [krahy-teer-ee-uhn]; plural cri·te·ri·a [-teer-ee-uh] noun a standard of judgment or…

  • Post a new comment

    Error

    Comments allowed for members only

    Anonymous comments are disabled in this journal

    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

  • 6 comments