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frown

[froun] /fraʊn/
verb (used without object)
1.
to contract the brow, as in displeasure or deep thought; scowl.
2.
to look displeased; have an angry look.
3.
to view with disapproval; look disapprovingly (usually followed by on or upon):
to frown upon a scheme.
verb (used with object)
4.
to express by a frown:
to frown one's displeasure.
5.
to force or shame with a disapproving frown:
to frown someone into silence.
noun
6.
a frowning look; scowl.
7.
any expression or show of disapproval:
a tax bill that received Congressional frowns.
Origin of frown
1350-1400
1350-1400; Middle English frounen < Old French froignier, derivative of froigne surly expression, probably < Gaulish *frognā; compare Welsh ffroen, Old Breton fron nostril, Old Irish srón nose < Celtic *srognā or *sroknā
Related forms
frowner, noun
frowningly, adverb
half-frowning, adjective
half-frowningly, adverb
unfrowning, adjective
Synonyms
1. glower, lower, gloom.
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  • It made Andy frown, and for an instant he thought of calling Buck back.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • And yet in the end Pop was able to muster a fairly good imitation of a frown.

    Way of the Lawless Max Brand
  • With this new evidence of his generous virtue, the frown passed from his brows.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • I saw him frown, and suddenly he slapped his thigh as a man does when thought overtakes him.

    The Trail Book Mary Austin
  • He gave no direct reply, but certainly did not frown on the request.

  • He looked at me curiously for an instant--then with a frown.

    In the Valley Harold Frederic
  • Am I so utterly disreputable that you find it necessary to frown on me so darkly?

    The Black Bag Louis Joseph Vance
British Dictionary definitions for frown

frown

/fraʊn/
verb
1.
(intransitive) to draw the brows together and wrinkle the forehead, esp in worry, anger, or concentration
2.
(intransitive; foll by on or upon) to have a dislike (of); look disapprovingly (upon): the club frowned upon political activity by its members
3.
(transitive) to express (worry, etc) by frowning
4.
(transitive) often foll by down. to force, silence, etc, by a frowning look
noun
5.
the act of frowning
6.
a show of dislike or displeasure
Derived Forms
frowner, noun
frowningly, adverb
Word Origin
C14: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froan
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Word Origin and History for frown
v.

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.

n.

1580s, from frown (v.).

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