- 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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Examples from the Web for frown
“Lilly… Ledbetter…” we whisper to ourselves as we frown at men.Getting to Know the ‘Beyoncé Voter’
Kelly Williams Brown
July 7, 2014
Early the next morning, “Frown,” Jai Johany Johnson, is living up to his nickname in the hotel restaurant.Stacks: Hitting the Note with the Allman Brothers Band
March 15, 2014
A smile, a contented smirk, even a frown—something—but there was nothing.Can a Straight Man Love Sex and the City?
Michael Patrick King
May 23, 2010
It made Andy frown, and for an instant he thought of calling Buck back.
And yet in the end Pop was able to muster a fairly good imitation of a frown.
With this new evidence of his generous virtue, the frown passed from his brows.Within the Law
I saw him frown, and suddenly he slapped his thigh as a man does when thought overtakes him.The Trail Book
He gave no direct reply, but certainly did not frown on the request.Camps, Quarters and Casual Places
- (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
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.).