[ skoul ]
/ skaʊl /

verb (used without object)

to draw down or contract the brows in a sullen, displeased, or angry manner.
to have a gloomy or threatening look.

verb (used with object)

to affect or express with a scowl.


a scowling expression, look, or aspect.

Nearby words

  1. scouthood,
  2. scouting,
  3. scoutingly,
  4. scoutmaster,
  5. scow,
  6. scowler,
  7. scozza,
  8. scp,
  9. scpo,
  10. scqf

Origin of scowl

1300–50; Middle English scoulen (v.); perhaps < Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to scowl, Norwegian skule to look furtively, though these may be < Low German schūlen to spy

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British Dictionary definitions for scowl


/ (skaʊl) /


(intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner


a gloomy or threatening expression

Word Origin for scowl

C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed

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Word Origin and History for scowl
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