(third-person singular simple present gloppens, present participle gloppening, simple past and past participle gloppened)
- (intransitive, UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To be in fear; gaze in alarm or astonishment; look downcast
- (UK dialectal, Northern England, Scotland) To terrify; astonish; surprise.
From Middle English glopnen, from Old Norse glúpna (“to frighten, grieve, look downcast”), from Proto-Germanic *glupnōną (“to frighten, cause to stare”), from Proto-Indo-European *ghlub(h)- (“to yawn, gape”). Cognate with Icelandic glúpna (“to put to shame”). More at glope.