- 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 frowned
She read the healing claims printed on a handful of bottles and frowned.Whole Foods: America’s Temple of Pseudoscience
February 23, 2014
She had not changed, and the clear flush of health dyed her neck and cheeks as I frowned.Read ‘The King in Yellow,’ the ‘True Detective’ Reference That’s the Key to the Show
Robert W. Chambers
February 20, 2014
This sort of “shortcut” is frowned upon in the martial arts community.Fake It Like Batman: Welcome to The Real Fight Club
December 27, 2013
“There's also the argument that traditional acts of chivalry are frowned upon as ‘suspicious,’” she writes.A New Survey Suggests Chivalry May Not Be Dead...It's Just Women Who Are Doing It
December 23, 2013
Challenging Moroccan authority anywhere in the country often comes at a price and protests, while not illegal, are frowned upon.Are Polisario Camps Becoming Prime Recruiting Grounds for al Qaeda?
October 21, 2013
The Cacique looked at the carriers on their backs and frowned.The Trail Book
Nay, my dear; in the interests of music, I frowned upon disorder.The Bacillus of Beauty
Good Indian twisted a wisp of mane in his fingers, and frowned abstractedly.Good Indian
B. M. Bower
He seemed to be slowly detailing the maiden, and he frowned a little.The Slave Of The Lamp
Henry Seton Merriman
Monsieur Defarge whispered it closer in his ear, and frowned heavily.A Tale of Two Cities
- (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 frowned
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.).