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

  • transitive v. To minimize or underplay; gloss: glozed over the embarrassing part. See Synonyms at palliate.
  • intransitive v. Archaic To use flattery or cajolery.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A comment in the margin.
  • n. Flattery.
  • n. False appearance.
  • n. A specious show, a deceit.
  • v. To extenuate, explain away, gloss over.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. Flattery; adulation; smooth speech.
  • n. Specious show; gloss.
  • intransitive v. To flatter; to wheedle; to fawn; to talk smoothly.
  • intransitive v. To give a specious or false meaning; to ministerpret.
  • transitive v. To smooth over; to palliate.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To explain: expound; comment upon; same as gloss, transitive verb, 1.
  • To flatter; wheedle; caress; coax.
  • To put a fair face upon; gloss over; extenuate.
  • To use glosses; practise glossing: same as gloss, intransitive verb, 1.
  • To talk speciously and smoothly; use flattery.
  • n. Explanation; comment; gloss. See gloss, n.
  • n. Specious talk; flattery; adulation; idle words.
  • n. Specious show; gloss.


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

Middle English glosen, to interpret, explain away, from Old French gloser, from glose, gloss; see gloss2.


  • During the 19th century, "gloze" briefly took on the additional meaning "to brighten" (adapting the meaning of another, unrelated "gloss" referring to luster or brightness), but by the end of that century all uses of "gloze" had faded into relative obscurity.

    Merriam-Webster's Word of the Day

  • Seek not to impute folly to the goddesses, in the attempt to gloze o'er thy own sin; never wilt thou persuade the wise.

    The Trojan Women

  • What she wants, really, is to keep you entranced forever in the soft silly gloze of adolescence, to have you perpetually saying farewell to the warm womb but never once peeking out for just one look at reality.

    America's "literary flowering" was "a rebellion against what was thought of as academic, effete and indoors-y in English writing."

  • A gloss of genuine religious revulsion and sense of duty would have to gloze over the malice entailed.

    The Heretic's Apprentice

  • For vaunting that with his tongue he can well gloze over injustice, he dares to work deceit, but he is not over-wise.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • The speech of truth is simple, and those things which are just need not wily interpretations; for they have energy themselves; but the unjust speech, unsound in itself, requires cunning preparations to gloze it.

    The Tragedies of Euripides, Volume I.

  • Official attempts to gloze over the incident would have been amusing if they were not pathetic.


  • The ham dip gaed up the lum in a gloze, an 'here was Sandy an' Dauvid's wife lyin 'i' the middle o 'a' the mairter o 'rubbitch.

    My Man Sandy

  • He knew his father never cared for him, though his mother tried her best to gloze over the indifference of her husband.

    Garrison's Finish : a romance of the race course

  • This case, so pathetically ordinary that most of us are debased by acquaintance with similar, to this girl was fresh, and striking her in all its inexcusable barbarity without any extenuating gloze, made her furious with pained and righteous indignation.

    Some Everyday Folk and Dawn


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  • Gloze is noun meaning an explanatory note in the margin. Related to glossary perhaps?

    July 5, 2009

  • A note in the margin.

    August 2, 2008