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frown

[ froun ]
/ fraʊn /
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verb (used without object)
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.
noun
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

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British Dictionary definitions for frown

frown
/ (fraʊn) /

verb
(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
noun
the act of frowning
a show of dislike or displeasure

Derived forms of frown

frowner, 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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