- 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.
Origin of scowl
Synonyms for scowl
Examples from the Web for scowler
Historical Examples of scowler
Scowler was obliged to own that Mr. Newcome had considerable talent, and a good knack at catching a likeness.The Newcomes
William Makepeace Thackeray
- a person who scowls
- Northern English dialect a hooligan
- (intr) to contract the brows in a threatening or angry manner
- a gloomy or threatening expression
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.).