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scowl

[ skoul ]
/ skaʊl /
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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.

noun

a scowling expression, look, or aspect.

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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

scowl
/ (skaʊl) /

verb

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

noun

a gloomy or threatening expression
C14: probably from Scandinavian; compare Danish skule to look down, Old English scūlēgede squint-eyed
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