- 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 scowled
He scowled upon me with a natural hate, and refused to comply with my request.
He blinked and scowled in the sunshine, because his eyes were not used to the light.Opera Stories from Wagner
He scowled over it, then considered the other side of the face.The Black Bag
Louis Joseph Vance
They scowled at him as if they were mad enough to bite off the heads of tenpenny nails.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Good Indian looked straight past the girl, and scowled at Pete.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
- (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
- a gloomy or threatening expression
Word Origin and History for scowled
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.).