[ froun ]
/ fraʊn /
verb (used without object)
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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of frown
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
frown·er, nounfrown·ing·ly, adverbhalf-frown·ing, adjectivehalf-frown·ing·ly, adverb
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British Dictionary definitions for frown on
/ (fraʊn) /
(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
Derived Formsfrowner, nounfrowningly, adverb
Word Origin for frown
C14: from Old French froigner, of Celtic origin; compare Welsh ffroen nostril, Middle Breton froan
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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]
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