to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
to have a gloomy or threatening look.
to affect or express with a scowl.
a scowling expression, look, or aspect.
- scowler, noun
- scowlful, adjective
- scowl·ing·ly, adverb
- un·scowl·ing, adjective
- un·scowl·ing·ly, adverb
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How to use scowl in a sentence
Dream is something of a straight man amid so much weirdness, but Sturridge possesses just the right combination of baby face and scowl.Netflix’s Mesmerizing Sandman Adaptation Is Well Worth the Decades-Long Wait | Judy Berman | August 5, 2022 | Time
She transformed her scowl into a tight smile and began serving dinner to her guests.Puerto Rican pernil is a standout Thanksgiving roast. Just guard that crispy skin. | Monti Carlo | November 18, 2021 | Washington Post
Clint Dempsey stalked off the field with a scowl on his face.
The familiar savage scowl has been replaced by a cheery grin.
Dan's jaws came together with a snap and a dark scowl came over his face.The Courier of the Ozarks | Byron A. Dunn
Look at him, how he scowls at you on your entering an inn-room; think how you scowl yourself to meet his scowl.Little Travels and Roadside Sketches | William Makepeace Thackeray
Two of the house-carles led him up, and his face had as black a scowl on it as I had ever seen, and he looked sullenly at us.A Prince of Cornwall | Charles W. Whistler
The juragan watched him suspiciously while the Dyak talked, but gradually his scowl faded.The Argus Pheasant | John Charles Beecham
Hall leaned over a little, putting out his hand in a warning gesture, drawing his dark brows in a scowl.The Flockmaster of Poison Creek | George W. Ogden
British Dictionary definitions for scowl
(intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
a gloomy or threatening expression
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