verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of frown
Synonyms for frown
Related Words for frown onveto, denounce, decry, oppose, reject, dislike, deplore, discountenance, deprecate, slight, disrespect, disfavor, slam, reprove, reprehend, damn, pan, reprobate, dismiss, censure
Word Origin 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.).
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]