- to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
- to have a gloomy or threatening look.
- to affect or express with a scowl.
- a scowling expression, look, or aspect.
Origin of scowl
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Examples from the Web for scowl
Clint Dempsey stalked off the field with a scowl on his face.A Fabulous Tie
June 18, 2010
In the rear I saw him light his pipe and puff and scowl in a puzzled way.The Harbor
His ruddy English face was knotted in a scowl and his blue eyes were dark.The Floating Island of Madness
Deeper came the line between his brows at that, and blacker grew the scowl.
Yet at the mention of her name a scowl darkened his ponderous countenance.
The scowl faded from his face to be replaced by an expression of dismay.The Sea-Hawk
- (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
- a gloomy or threatening expression
Word Origin and History for scowl
mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skule "look furtively, squint, look embarrassed," Danish skule "to scowl, cast down the eyes"). Probably related to Old English sceolh "wry, oblique," Old High German scelah "curved," German scheel "squint-eyed;" from PIE root *sqel- "crooked, curved, bent." Related: Scowled; scowling.
c.1500, from scowl (v.).