verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of scowl
Synonyms for scowl
Examples from the Web for scowl
Contemporary Examples of scowl
Clint Dempsey stalked off the field with a scowl on his face.A Fabulous Tie
June 18, 2010
Historical Examples of scowl
In the rear I saw him light his pipe and puff and scowl in a puzzled way.The Harbor
His ruddy English face was knotted in a scowl and his blue eyes were dark.The Floating Island of Madness
Yet at the mention of her name a scowl darkened his ponderous countenance.
Deeper came the line between his brows at that, and blacker grew the scowl.
The scowl faded from his face to be replaced by an expression of dismay.The Sea-Hawk
Word Origin for scowl
mid-14c., from a Scandinavian source (cf. Norwegian skule "look furtively, squint, look embarrassed," Danish skule "to scowl, cast down the eyes"). Probably related to Old English sceolh "wry, oblique," Old High German scelah "curved," German scheel "squint-eyed;" from PIE root *sqel- "crooked, curved, bent." Related: Scowled; scowling.
c.1500, from scowl (v.).