Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Variant of lower1.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. 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.
  • v. To frown; to look sullen.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. An Asiatic sardine (Clupea Neohowii), valued for its oil.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • See lower.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. look angry or sullen, wrinkle one's forehead, as if to signal disapproval
  • v. make lower or quieter
  • v. set lower

Etymologies

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") (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The sun might shine, or the clouds might lour; but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before.

    Chapter 6

  • The sun might shine, or the clouds might lour: but nothing could appear to me as it had done the day before.

    Chapter 23

  • The Solution Next morning, after breakfast, we found Inspector MacDonald and White Mason seated in close consultation in the small par - lour of the local police sergeant.

    Chennai

  • Eighty people stood together in boxcars for lour sweltering days and nights.

    The Last Days Of Auschwitz

  • Seek to be prosperous; once let fortune lour, and the aid supplied by friends is naught.

    The Phoenissae

  • September 11, 2008 at 2:42 pm kurtsee nawt neded wen ai em awn da pu troll heer , just in kort nd cween iz owt ub pokut naow so no kort. du nawt lour yur hed until it feles beddur. taik sum asprinz oar parrotseed pilz wut Tidmum haz nd drink sum waddur.

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  • May 8th, 2009 at 11:53 am hi fergie im so a fan you are my god sumit lour

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  • We are living in an ocean of Govt debt, fuelled by abject incompetence in almost every Dept of State and the appalling burden of public service inflation-proof pensions that will lour over our children and grandchildren.

    Gordon Brown Meets the Ten Year Olds

  • But soon after, in whipt my indiscreet lord, his co-lour heightened, his features working: and though I cautioned him not to expose himself, yet he as-sumed airs that were the occasion, as you shall hear, of frighting away my company.

    Sir Charles Grandison

  • Somehows this sounds like the purest kidooleyoon wherein our madernacerution of lour lore is rich.

    Finnegans Wake

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  • It's a variant of lower which can have ambiguous meaning. Generally, when referring to one's angry stare, it's better to use "lour" rather than "lower".

    August 21, 2008