Glow Up

What does glow up mean?

To remarkably transform in a positive manner

Glow up is when someone or something transforms positively in a remarkable way. When something or someone glows up, it may be gradual or quick and permanent or temporary.

The term is a variation of "grow up" but replaces "grow" with "glow" because the positive transformation is figuratively glowing. It became popular in the mid-2010s, especially on social media, for users to rave about positive transformations.

Most people use the term to comment on how a person drastically changes for the better. It may be superficial, like a make-over, or something more meaningful, like an emotional breakthrough.

People may also remark how objects glow up into a beautiful creation due to a re-model or re-furbish. Common objects that glow up include houses, cars, and clothes.


Did you see Michelle's outfit?
Yes, she needs to glow up before going to Paris this summer!
Celebrity glow up tweet
Celebrity glow up tweet

Related Slang


Updated August 12, 2021

Glow up definition by

This page explains what the slang term "Glow up" means. The definition, example, and related terms listed above have been written and compiled by the team.

We are constantly updating our database with new slang terms, acronyms, and abbreviations. If you would like to suggest a term or an update to an existing one, please let us know!