- to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl.
- to look displeased; have an angry look.
- to view with disapproval; look disapprovingly (usually followed by on or upon): to frown upon a scheme.
- to express by a frown: to frown one's displeasure.
- to force or shame with a disapproving frown: to frown someone into silence.
- a frowning look; scowl.
- any expression or show of disapproval: a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
Origin of frown
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- (intr) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
- (intr; foll by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon)the club frowned upon political activity by its members
- (tr) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
- (tr often foll by down) to force, silence, etc, by a frowning look
- the act of frowning
- a show of dislike or displeasure
Word Origin and History for frown on
late 14c., from Old French frognier "to frown or scowl, snort, turn one's nose up," related to froigne "scowling look," probably from Gaulish *frogna "nostril" (cf. Welsh ffroen "nose"), with a sense of "snort," or perhaps "haughty grimace." Related: Frowned; frowning.
1580s, from frown (v.).
Idioms and Phrases with frown on
Regard with disapproval or distaste, as in Pat frowns on bad language. this idiom transfers the disapproving facial expression to the thought it expresses. [Late 1500s]