Meaning of gloze in English:


Pronunciation /ɡləʊz/


  • 1 literary with object Make excuses for.

    ‘the demeanour of Mathews is rather glozed over’
    • ‘Normally, spokesmen and chiefs of the Cabinet have the responsibility to gloze over the achievements of the government they represent.’
    • ‘Their inappropriateness in their new western setting is glozed over by the statement that they are ‘very old,’ - a statement which might, with equal pertinence if less interest, be made about any pudding-stone from the neighboring hills.’
    • ‘In our hurry and impatience we thus tend to fall into confusion and error unwittingly; the sophist, on the other hand, deliberately glozes over or omits what is not obvious, and hopes to cover up his tracks by means of all the tricks of his trade.’
    • ‘It does, however, seem probable that Luke has to some extent glozed over the asperity of the controversies within the Church, notably the opposition to Paul and his views as described by Paul himself in Galatians and II Corinthians, in his attempt to emphasise the fundamental unity of the early Church.’
    • ‘Perhaps the early nineteenth-century taste for glozing over the physical and instinctively egoistic elements which are present even in virtuous love… is what most separates Balzac from novelists and novel readers of today’
    conceal, cover up, hide, camouflage, disguise, mask, veil, draw a veil over, whitewash
  • 2 archaic no object Use ingratiating language.

    • ‘we would not that thou shouldst learn too early how men's tongues can gloze and flatter’
    blandishments, honeyed words, smooth talk, soft words, flattery, cajolery, coaxing, wheedling, compliments
  • 3 archaic no object Make a comment or comments.

    • ‘tomes of reasoned wrong, glozed on by ignorance’


Middle English from Old French gloser, from glose ‘a gloss, comment’, based on Latin glossa (see gloss).